September 17, Today’s thought-With All my Mind

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Good Morning

Matthew 22:37-40
Jesus said unto him,
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it,
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments
hang all the law and the prophets.

Matthew 22:37

Thou shalt love the Lord
This is a subject of the greatest importance,
and should be well understood,
as our Lord shows that the whole of true religion
is comprised in thus loving God and our neighbor

4. He loves God with all his mind (intellect – διανοια)
who applies himself only to know God, and his holy will:
– who receives with submission, gratitude, and pleasure,
the sacred truths which God has revealed to man:
– who studies no art nor science
but as far as it is necessary for the service of God,
and uses it at all times to promote his glory
– who forms no projects nor designs
but in reference to God and the interests of mankind:
– who banishes from his understanding and memory
every useless, foolish, and dangerous thought,
together with every idea which has any tendency to defile his soul,
or turn it for a moment from the center of eternal repose.
In a word, he who sees God in all things
– thinks of him at all times
– having his mind continually fixed upon God,
acknowledging him in all his ways
– who begins, continues, and ends
all his thoughts, words, and works, to the glory of his name:
– this is the person who loves God
with all his heart, life, strength, and intellect.
He is crucified to the world,
and the world to him:
he lives, yet not he,
but Christ lives in him.
He beholds as in a glass the glory of the Lord,
and is changed into the same image from glory to glory.
Simply and constantly looking unto Jesus,
the author and perfecter of his faith,
he receives continual supplies
of enlightening and sanctifying grace,
and is thus fitted for every good word and work.

And to think God loves me the way I am to love Him.
It is beyond understanding.
All I can pray –
Lord, help be draw evermore nigh unto thee.
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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September 13, Today’s thought – With All My Life

sept 9 005Little white Chrysanthemums, Black-Eyed Susans,
and Golden Rod transplanted from Grandma Crain’s .

Good Morning

For several weeks now I have been reading and re-reading,
pondering and re-pondering: Matthew 22:37-40

40Jesus said unto him,
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it,
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

I wanted to know what it meant to really love God.
I wanted to know if I really loved God
with all my heart, soul and mind.
I referred to Clarke’s Concordance.

As I continue to read, searching myself,
asking God to search me.

Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

To love God is becoming more clear.
Then it dawned on me one morning:
This is how God loves me!
I felt so utterly unworthy of that kind of love, God’s love.

For the next few days I’ll share with you what Clarke wrote;
any scriptures or comments I add will be in a different color ink.
I hope you will take a little time to read the thoughts slowly,
let the wonder of it sink into your heart,
begin to catch a glimpse of real love,
then draw nigh to God, as He draws nigh to you. (James 4:8)

from Clarke’s Commentary:

Matthew 22:37

Thou shalt love the Lord

But what is implied in loving God
with all the heart, soul, mind, strength, etc.,
and when may a man be said to do this?

2. He loves God with all his soul,
or rather, εν ολη τη ψυχη, with all his life,
who is ready to give up life for his sake –
to endure all sorts of torments,
and to be deprived of all kinds of comforts,
rather than dishonor God:
– who employs life with all its comforts,
and conveniences, to glorify God in, by, and through all:
– to whom life and death are nothing,
but as they come from and lead to God,
From this Divine principle sprang the blood of the martyrs,
which became the seed of the Church.
They overcame through the blood of the Lamb,
and loved not their lives unto the death.
See Revelation 12:11.

Am I ready. . . Today?
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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September 11, Today’s thought – Who Loves Nothing in Comparison

sept 9 006The California Poppies are spreading,
transplanted this spring from Grandma Crain’s.

Good Morning

Matthew 22:37-40
37 Jesus said unto him,
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38  This is the first and great commandment.
39  And the second is like unto it,
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

from Clarke’s Commentary
Matthew 22:37

Thou shalt love the Lord

But what is implied in loving God
with all the heart, soul, mind, strength, etc.,
and when may a man be said to do this?

1. He loves God with all his heart,
who loves nothing in comparison of him,
and nothing but in reference to him:
– who is ready to give up, do,
or suffer any thing in order to please and glorify him:
– who has in his heart neither love nor hatred,
hope nor fear,
inclination, nor aversion,
desire, nor delight,
but as they relate to God,
and are regulated by him.

I love the part ‘who loves nothing in comparison of him.’
God is not just first in a list of people/things we love;
but our love for Him far exceeds anything else on our list.

Let the definition of love sink into my understanding . . . today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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September 10, Today’s thought – ‘Even as We are One’

sept 9 010Chinese Lanterns and Japanese Anemone
growing side by side,
transplanted from Grandma Crain’s garden.

Good Morning

Matthew 22:37-40
37 Jesus said unto him,
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it,
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments
hang all the law and the prophets.

For the next few days I’ll share with you what Clarke wrote;
any scriptures or comments I add will be in a different color ink.
I hope you will take a little time to read the thoughts slowly,
let the wonder of it sink into your heart,
begin to catch a glimpse of real love,
then draw nigh to God, as He draws nigh to you. (James 4:8)

from Clarke’s Commentary:

Matthew 22:37

Thou shalt love the Lord

Whatever may be thought of these etymologies,
as being either just or probable,
one thing will be evident
to all those who know what love means,
that they throw much light upon the subject,
and manifest it in a variety of striking points of view.
The ancient author of a MS. Lexicon
in the late French king’s library,
under the word αγαπη, has the following definition:
ΑσπαϚος προθεσις επι τη φιλια του φιλουμενου – Σομψυχια.
“A pleasing surrender of friendship to a friend:
– an identity or sameness of soul.” **
A sovereign preference given to one above all others,
present or absent:
a concentration of all the thoughts
and desires in a single object,
which a man prefers to all others.
Apply this definition to the love which God requires of his creatures,
and you will have the most correct view of the subject.
Hence it appears that, by this love,
the soul eagerly cleaves to,
affectionately admires,
and constantly rests in God,
supremely pleased and satisfied with him as its portion:
that it (love) acts from him, as its author;
for him, as its master;
and to him, as its end.
That, by it (love), all the powers and faculties of the mind
are concentrated in the Lord of the universe.
That, by it (love), the whole man is willingly surrendered to the Most High:
and that, through it (love), an identity,
or sameness of spirit with the Lord is acquired –
the man being made a partaker of the Divine nature,
having the mind in him which was in Christ,
and thus dwelling in God, and God in him. ***

**John 15:15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

*** John 17:20-26
Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

Be made perfect (complete) in one . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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September 9, Today’s thought – Thou shalt love the Lord

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Good Morning,

For several weeks now I have been reading and re-reading,
pondering and re-pondering: Matthew 22:37-40.

37 Jesus said unto him,
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it,
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments
hang all the law and the prophets.

I wanted to know what it meant to really love God.
I wanted to know if I really loved God with all my heart, soul and mind.
I referred to Clarke’s Concordance.
My first reading seemed to be Greek.
I broke it down to phrases.
I, at first, was condemned.
“No one can love that completely!”
But as I continue to read, searching myself,
asking God to search me.

Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

To love God is becoming more clear.
Then it dawned on me one morning:
This is how God loves me!
I felt so utterly unworthy of that kind of love, God’s love.

For the next few days I’ll share with you what Clarke wrote;
any scriptures or comments I add will be in a different color ink.
I hope you will take a little time to read the thoughts slowly,
let the wonder of it sink into your heart,
begin to catch a glimpse of real love,
then draw nigh to God, as He draws nigh to you. (James 4:8)

from Clarke’s Commentary:

Matthew 22:37

Thou shalt love the Lord
This is a subject of the greatest importance,
and should be well understood,
as our Lord shows that the whole of true religion
is comprised in thus loving God and our neighbor.
It may not be unnecessary
to inquire into the literal meaning of the word love.
Αγαπη, from αγαπαω, I love,
is supposed to be compounded
either of αγαν and ποιειν,
to act vehemently or intensely;
or, from αγειν κατα παν,
because love is always active,
and will act in every possible way;
for he who loves is,
with all his affection and desire,
carried forward to the beloved object,
in order to possess and enjoy it.
Some derive it from αγαν and παυεσθαι,
to be completely at rest, or,
to be intensely satisfied;
because he who loves is supremely contented with,
and rests completely satisfied in, that which he loves.
Others, from αγαν and παω,
because a person eagerly embraces,
and vigorously holds fast,
that which is the object of his love.
Lastly, others suppose it to be compounded of αγαω,
I admire, and παυομαι, I rest,
because that which a man loves intensely he rests in,
with fixed admiration and contemplation.
So that genuine love changes not,
but always abides steadily attached
to that which is loved.

Still pondering . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Five Minute Friday – Present

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“Writing is like wrapping yourself in words and giving yourself away.” ~@lisajobaker

This is where a brave and beautiful bunch gather every week to find out what comes out when we all spend five minutes writing on the same topic and then sharing ‘em over here.

Present: being, existing, or occurring at this time or now; current:

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In the school room the teacher calls my name.
I respond, “PRESENT!”

I don’t want the teacher to miss me.

I don’t want to miss out.

I want to be present,

I have to be present

not only in body but also in mind and spirit.

Otherwise, I’ll miss the part that is especially for me.

I’ll leave half full, wanting, even perhaps empty.

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. Matthew 22:37

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