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Blog-Pastor-Dave (Page 34)

Brother Lawrence said that “he thought neither of death, nor of his sins, nor of paradise, nor of hell, but only of doing little things for the love of God, since he was not capable of doing great things. Other than that, whatever happened to him was God’s will, and he was at peace with it.” Looking at the scope of his life, Brother Lawrence felt inadequate for doing great things for the kingdom of God. He had no resources to

Brother Lawrence said that even doing all the acts of penitence possible, they would not so much as take away one single sin. “Without worrying, we must look to the blood of Christ for the remission of sin, working only at loving God with our whole heart. God seems to choose the worst sinners to give the greatest graces, rather than those who remain innocent, because that shows his goodness more.” Brother Lawrence learned that punishing himself to atone for even one

Brother Lawrence said that “the actions of the understanding are very different from those of the will, for the former amounted to little, while the latter were everything. Only loving and rejoicing with God truly matter.” Brother Lawrence elevates a heart that chooses to love God supremely over a mind that seeks understanding. We may not find the same dichotomy between our will and our understanding. We can love God with all our heart and our mind. Yet without the action of our

In learning how to pray, Brother Lawrence had to find his own way. “He was never able to pray by rules like others; he would meditate for a while in the beginning but afterward he did not know how it went, and it would be impossible for him to explain it.” Brother Lawrence tried to follow the various rules of prayer from great Christians, and they didn’t work for him. He strained his brain meditating on Bible passages, and found himself confused,

In learning how to pray, Brother Lawrence had to find his own way. “He was never able to pray by rules like others; he would meditate for a while in the beginning but afterward he did not know how it went, and it would be impossible for him to explain it.” Brother Lawrence tried to follow the various rules of prayer from great Christians, and they didn’t work for him. He strained his brain meditating on Bible passages, and found himself confused,

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