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In this life, we have all had moments when we thought we had experienced the real thing. But then, in a moment, our eyes were opened and we realized that we had only tasted a sample, felt a fraction, seen a shadow. When we see, feel, taste, and encounter the real, everything changes!
I know. . . . but! These words dwell on the lips and in the hearts of every human being. There are things we know with deep conviction. But we can end up living in ways diametrically opposed to what we know is best and what we really want to do.
We live in a time of growing conflict, division, and fractured relationships. Paul calls us to walk in peace with other believers by taking off our old ways of life and putting on the clothing of Jesus: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
When we embrace the reality that the answers to our deepest questions come from God alone, we are not being narrow-minded or exclusive. Instead, we are recognizing that the One who designed us and gave us breath is the only being in the universe who can teach us how to live the abundant life.