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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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October 4, 2011 - To Know Him Is to Love Him

By Hilda Schnell

The French have a beautiful saying: “Je t’aime … plus qu’hier mais moins que demain.” Translation: “I love you … more than yesterday but less than tomorrow.” This is the way I want to love God.

In order to truly love someone, we must know that person to some degree. Psalm 9:10 says that those who know God’s name will trust in Him. Psalm 5:11 takes it one step further: “Those who love your name [will] rejoice in you” (NIV). A deepening knowledge of God and His Word naturally leads us to trust in His faithful, unchanging character. Once we feel secure in who He is, we can love Him unreservedly with joyful hearts.

This “knowing first, loving second” concept is clearly evident when we observe how babies and young children relate to adults. Most children will eagerly run to their parents but “make strange” with someone they don’t know or recognize. In the same way, as we spend time with our Heavenly Father, we won’t hesitate to run to Him — not only when we have problems, but just because we are happy to see Him.

Our “Abba” (“Daddy” in Hebrew) calls us to a life of intimacy that far surpasses our wildest hopes or dreams. As we walk with Jesus every day, we can personally know the sweetness of His voice and the loveliness of His face (Song of Songs 2:14). We can enjoy such privileged closeness with the living God only because Jesus chose to spill His lifeblood for us. He willingly bore our sins and carried our sorrows (Isaiah 53:4) so that we could be set free to worship Him forever.

Go deeper with Jesus. You will begin to understand how much He loves you. And you will discover how easy it is to fall in love with the lover of your soul.

— Hilda Schnell, a freelance copy editor and writer, lives in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, with her husband and son.



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