Sunday, 14 August 2016

10 Minute Daily Retreat: August - Gift of Counsel (Right Judgement)

Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Malcolm Davies  (No.214)

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

The primary way I have learned to know the will of God, and be graced to live out that will, is to prayerfully read the scriptures and the writings of those great Christians who have gone before us.

There are many challenges in this world and the are many complex political and social issues that come up for discussion, especially at work.

There are many persuasive arguments made by those who do not know the principles of the Kingdom of God.

By seeking to understand the scriptures through study of the Bible and the writings of great Christian writers such as Augustine, Teresa of Avila, Catherine of Siena and Thomas More I have been able to apply their understanding and judgement to issues I have had to face.

All of these great Christians were people of prayer, study and service and that is what I have strived, with the grace of God, to imitate in my life. In that way I have come to discover the will of God and been able to follow his directions.

Read the scripture slowly.
Reflect on its meaning for you. 
Listen for God's voice in the stillness. 
Pray for God's blessing upon you.

Malcolm Davies