Costly Love The Way to True Unity for All the Followers of Jesus - John H. Armstrong
The central question of this book is: “What does it mean to believe that God is love and, more particularly, what does it mean for the church of Jesus Christ to live this love?” Over the years I have discovered my lifelong passion—promoting the unity of the whole church in the mission of Christ by rooting all that we do in the triune love of God in Jesus Christ. Today I believe that this growing movement of unity among Christians will have a major impact on our world as this century unfolds.
Extravagant love is the phrase that perfectly describes what I now desire for my life and for the church of Jesus Christ. But this extravagant love is costly. It was won at the great price of Christ’s sacrifice; thus, its value is beyond words.
From the Introduction by John Armstong
Selections from the book
From Page 242
...I share a prayer, inspired by John Henry Cardinal Newman, which has become my daily prayer. It was adapted and used by Mother Teresa each day after she received holy communion.
Dear Jesus, help me to spread Your fragrance wherever I go.
Flood my soul with Your Spirit and life.
Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly,
that my life may only be a radiance of Yours.
Shine through me, and be so in me
that every soul I come in contact with
may feel Your presence in my soul.
Let them look up, and see no longer me, but only Jesus!
Stay with me and then I will begin to shine as You shine,
So to shine as to be a light to others.
The light, O Jesus, will be all from You;
none of it will be mine.
It will be You, shining on others through me.
Let me thus praise You in the way which you love best,
by shining on those around me.
Let me preach You without preaching,
not by words but by example,
by the catching force,
the sympathetic influence of what I do,
the evident fullness of the love my heart beats to You.
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