Sunday, 17 December 2017
"'The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed; nor will they say, "Look, here it is!" or "There it is!" For the kingdom of God is within* you.'" Luke 17:20b (NRSV)
The reason why the Kingdom of God is said to be within you is because spiritual development is the development of the heart.
The melting of the heart to feel compassion and the opening of the heart to give love.
The Kingdom of God is not a throne, or an army, or a parliament, or a police force.
The Kingdom of God is not a location on the map.
The Kingdom of God is a fellowship of hearts.
Love God and love your neighbor.
The rest is fear.
* Alternate translation.
[Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission. All rights reserved.]
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