Where do you live emotionally, physically, spiritually? As one matures spiritually, – regardless of daily emotional changes or physical location – we can navigate the world gracefully. I’ve had to learn this the hard way. By “losing it” emotionally or being overly concerned about my physical location. The real work is to learn to ABIDE. Abide in the Eternal Spirit. Abide in Christ. Abide in Love. Three ways of saying the same thing.
In our individual and collective journey, we’re invited to learn what it means to ABIDE. Abide in Christ.
anthony glenn miller
Jesus the True Vine
I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine-grower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.
Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will renounce the faith by paying attention to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared with a hot iron. They forbid marriage and demand abstinence from foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.
One thing is necessary. One thing is central. One thing is essential. Learn the WAY of love. Love has many forms but is one work. The one work comes in the form of forgiveness, joy, peace, clarity. union, patience, kindness, simplicity, and so many other ways of expressing Eternal Love.
Learn the ONE WAY that takes many forms. Love ALL. Union with the Eternal Spirit.
anthony glenn miller
And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”