ON THE OTHER SIDE

ON THE OTHER SIDE 

As you read the Bible, be on the lookout for the formation, indeed, the transformation … of those who walk across its pages. Pay attention even to those who resist God’s initiatives and are never really formed into Christlikeness: the Esaus and the Balaams, the Ahabs and the Manassehs, the Jezebels, and the Judases. Note the struggles. Look for the intention, or the lack of intention. Observe the various and sundry Spiritual Disciplines used. Watch the movement back and forth: defiance and obedience, rebellion and submission, loyalty and faithfulness.
Give special attention to those who do come through on the other side … albeit with many slips and falls. Note their joy. Their peace. Their strength. Their love. They are the ones who are experiencing ever more fully The Immanuel Principle, the with-God life.
Then, go and do likewise.
-Richard Foster
Life With God
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"For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope."
Romans 15:4