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Daily Devotional for September 10


September 10                                                     John 10:31-42

      "... understand that God is in me, and I am in God."

When Jesus said, "I and God are one," the crowd around him
became so angry that they picked up stones to stone him. Jews
of Jesus' day were able to accept themselves as God's chosen
people, but to say that God is in you, and you are in God?
Radical, impossible, blasphemous... so they thought.

Without realizing it, some of us may echo the same sentiments
of that same crowd. We say, "God couldn't possibly be in me
because I am so flawed." We forget that God created us and
loves us. Some of us can believe that God is in us but we have
trouble living as if it were true. We abuse ourselves in various
ways - through self-hatred, overwork, homophobia, alcohol,
compulsive sex - instead of treating ourselves with the dignity
we deserve as God's loved ones.

If we begin to comprehend that God is in us, then we can begin
the process of stopping self-destructive behavior. By discover-
ing that God loves us, we can begin to love ourselves.

Think today about the ways that God has shown love for you.
Have your actions toward yourself reflected that love? Know
today that God loves you, and that you are in God, as God
is in you.

From The Road to Emmaus - An inclusive devotional Edited by Joseph W. Houle

Emmaus House of Prayer - Washington D.C.1989

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