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Brother Lawrence said that “everything is possible for one who believes, still more for one who hopes, [even more for one who loves,] and most of all for one who practices and perseveres in these three virtues.” Jesus challenges us: “Everything is possible for one who believes” (Mark 9:23). The psalm writer tells us: “Put your hope in God” (Psalm 43:5). God’s Word repeatedly calls us: “Love the LORD your God” (Deuteronomy 6:5). Everything is possible for one who believes in God,

Brother Lawrence said that “we must cultivate faith, hope, and love, for these alone can conform us completely to the will of God. All other things are insignificant and we must not settle for them, but rather regard them as a bridge to be crossed quickly so we can lose ourselves in our sole end by confidence and love.” Brother Lawrence claims that faith, hope, and love are the highest goals of character transformation. These three Christian virtues are grouped together in

Brother Lawrence said that “we must never tire of doing little things for the love of God who considers not the magnitude of the work, but the love. In the beginning we must not be surprised if we often fail; in the end, once the habit is formed, we will able to act without thinking about it and with great delight.” We might think God appears to be involved in and cares mostly about the big stuff: Using prominent leaders in

Brother Lawrence said that “we must entrust ourselves to God and to him alone, once and for all, and he will not deceive us.” First in a total, once-and-for-all surrender, we leave everything to follow Jesus and entrust ourselves to God, God only, holding nothing back. Then we live out our surrender, continually relying upon God, obeying his Word, and having confidence in him to carry us through. Even Jesus entrusted himself to God to take care of him during his unjust

Brother Lawrence sometimes expressed things in an peculiar way. “He kept himself close to God, praising and blessing him with all his strength, spending his life in continual joy.” Yet at the same time, he was “hoping that God would give him something to suffer when he was stronger.” Did Brother Lawrence really want God to send suffering his way? How are we to understand this? Actually, the Lord’s Prayer teaches us to pray “deliver us from evil”. We don’t need to

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