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Love without Hypocrisy

As we continue reading the Hiding Placethe groundwork is laid and lines have been crossed as the Ten Boom family is now officially part of “the underground.” They are hiding Jewish people and becoming more involved in the resistance efforts.

I’ve obviously never been in such a dangerous situation, but I marveled and appreciated the simplicity with which Corrie approached determining which friends, neighbors, and acquaintances to trust to help them. They were widely known and respected throughout town, but how could they be sure someone wouldn’t turn them in?

We didn’t know, of course, the political views of all these people. But—and here I felt a strange leaping of my heart—God did! My job was simply to follow His leading one step at a time, holding every decision up to Him in prayer. I knew I was not clever or subtle or sophisticated; if the Beje was becoming a meeting place for need and supply, it was through some strategy far higher than mine. –Corrie Ten Boom,  the Hiding Place

I’m sad to say I don’t always live this, but I want to live it! God is concerned with our everyday lives and goings-on. He is faithful to lead if we are faithful to listen, which is the function of prayer we can so easily forget.

We may often toss up requests or even ask for guidance, but many times we fail to carry it through and end up doing whatever we think is best. God has a strategy and it’s always brilliant.

hold-handsThere is more to your job/business, ministry opportunities, or even errands. It may seem trivial in comparison to what this family did in World War II, but it’s still Kingdom. It’s still eternal and can change someone’s life.

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.  Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality. –Romans 12:9-13

When love is involved–and how can love not be involved if God is involved?–something powerful happens. It unlocks doors. It inspires hope. It enlivens service. It breathes our prayer. It meets needs.

Love will hide someone who’s being hunted and care for them. You may not ever be called upon to help someone like that in the physical or natural sense, but there are people all around you every day who are in need.

They need divine strategies and people devoted to prayer and His love.

I want to be more open. I want to be aware of assignments God has placed before me every single day. That’s a beautiful thing.

How about you? Does this speak anything to you? What are your thoughts on this?

hiding-place1Welcome to week 6 of our discussion of the Hiding Place (disclosure) by Corrie Ten Boom. We are taking a sentence, paragraph, or passage that inspires, encourages, or challenges and writing about it. If you have a response on your blog, add your link to the widget below. My friend and co-facilitator, Sarah Salter is out of town this week, but will return with two posts next week. Whether you’ve read the chapter or not, please dive into the conversation!

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  1. Amen. If love is there God is there. True love, not works that is. It’s profound how even the secular folks of this world are shocked and awed by those who are called and chosen by God to carry out and show the power of His love in the history of this world. Very encouraging post. I’m gonna have to get that book.

    • You should! It’s so good and remarkably pressing even though it concerns events over 60 years ago. Love was stronger then and it’s stronger now! Thanks Floyd.

  2. Such a great reminder to place our trust completely in God and not to simply follow what many would call our intuition or feelings. When we believe, as Corrie, did that He will guide, He truly will!
    Blessings, Jason!
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    • I’m so thankful He’s guiding and loving through us! Thanks so much, Martha.

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