“Thus the LORD gave to Israel all the land that he swore to their ancestors that he would give them; and having taken possession of it, they settled there. And the LORD gave them rest on every side just as he had sworn to their ancestors; not one of all their enemies had withstood them, for the LORD had given all their enemies into their hands. Not one of all the good promises that the LORD had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.” Joshua 21 43-45
Core Term - Love of God Every time the Wesley brothers celebrated Holy Communion, they prayed for God to cleanse the thoughts of their hearts that they might perfectly love God and worthily magnify God’s holy name. Nothing superseded the most important commandment of all, namely, to love God with one’s whole, heart, soul, mind, and strength. The Wesleys realized, however, that God’s most important law was also God’s most amazing gift: “We love because God first loved us.” In the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ we encounter that “love divine, all loves excelling,” to use Charles Wesley’s words. We meet a God who is all compassion – pure, unbounded love. This revelation overwhelmed the Wesleys with a deep sense of gratitude and a desire to walk in the way of Jesus – to love and serve God in all things. Those who are enabled by God’s grace to reciprocate love in this way ultimately find in themselves lost in wonder, love and praise. - Wesley Study Bible pg 290
“Not one of all the good promises that the LORD had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.” O that there be nothing keeping me from the love of God and from loving God first, most and always. Forgive me Lord, cleanse me that I may be in your presence, that I live into your promise and am made complete by you and do your will completely, leaving nothing undone.