Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine
    

“Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and Truth.”  (1 Jn 3:18)

Truth is a very important part of God’s armor.  Paul calls it the Belt of Truth (Eph 6:14).  It holds everything together.  The gift of the Holy Spirit that goes with this part of the armor is the gift of counsel –the counsel of the Holy Spirit.  The gift of counsel is a gift for each one of us to be counseled by the Counselor Himself (Jn 14:26).  The Spirit of Truth, through His gift of counsel, will lead us to the summit of love – to the fullest expression of love. The fullest summit of love is the greatest act of love that we have ever seen and ever will see, and that is when Jesus died for us on the Cross.  

Calvary is the fullness of God’s love for each one of us.  He is calling us, through His Spirit of Truth, into this mission with Him as the Lamb.  And the mission of the Lamb is to take away sin.  We take away sin when we go to the Cross (Col 1:24).  This is where the Spirit will lead us through His counsel.  We need Him to do that, because in the beginning stages at least, we are not likely to run to the Cross.  If anything, we run as fast as we can away from it.  We live in a society that teaches us how to run away from it.  Any kind of pain, any kind of suffering, any kind of discomfort, almost anything that has to do with the Cross of Jesus Christ, is counter cultural, you might say.  The Holy Spirit has to totally have us do a 180 degrees, to turn us around and start us in the direction of Calvary.  

A German theologian one time wrote, “When Christ bids a man to come and follow Him, He bids him to come and die.”  That is a heavy statement.  I thought, “I wonder, is that really true?”  But when you read the Scriptures, you see that it really is.  The false self dies.  We die, so Jesus can live.  There is only room for Jesus Christ.  He is the Savior.  He is the Lamb (Jn 1:36).  He is the Redeemer.  He wants to do it again and again and again through, with, and in us.  Once you say to someone, “I love you,” there isn’t anything else you can say except to say it again, and again, and again.  That is what Calvary is.  We become extensions of the Lamb.  We become extensions of His ministry.  We become extensions of the incarnation, as Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity used to say, so that Jesus can continue telling the Father, “I love you.”

“…  live in love, as Christ loved us and handed Himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma.”  (Eph 5:2)