As children, most of us were introduced to science through a number of elementary laboratory tests. One is the litmus test, developed to measure the true acidic or alkaline contents of a liquid. So popular is this test that attempts to figure the value of anything is often called applying the litmus test to it.
John's affectionate letter calls for testing. We are to test the spirits to see who it is that prompts us to act as we do. Is the Spirit of Christ informing our motives, desires and actions? Or is it something else? We are often conflicted in this regard.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.