And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. (Romans 5:5)
I hope you have completed or are completing your preparation by reading the background information on the 40 Days of Discipline (www.40daysofdiscipline.com). As a reminder, we are using these first few days to lay the foundation for our journey. Remember also that our theme is Love.
If you have trusted Jesus for your salvation, God’s flame of love has already been lit in your heart (see Romans 5:5 above). Practicing the Disciplines is about fanning the flames not starting it. Please pause and thank God for pouring his love into your heart through the Holy Spirit.
The Disciplines are means to an end, not the end. As with any tool, misapplication can result in undesirable outcomes. Today, think about how the Disciplines can be misused.
Question for comments:
- How do you believe the Disciplines can be misused?
- What potential pitfalls do you personally want to avoid as you study the Disciplines?
Please share your thoughts so others can benefit. Thank you very much to those who have been sharing. Yesterday, almost all commentators believed that we both practice the Disciplines because we love Jesus, and increase our love for Jesus by practicing the Disciplines. Please take the time to read the comments.