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     Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. Rev. 3:19-20 ESV

Lord Jesus, every day we have the privilege of living the hymn, "O Love That Will Not Let Me Go," for you love us tenaciously and you pursue us constantly.  As hard as it is to imagine, you desire fellowship with us, not occasionally, but continually. It's even harder to imagine that you actually enjoy being with us. We believe, help our unbelief, for your love is better than life.

In the gospel we enjoy eternal union with you, but for various reasons, we tend to flow in and out of vital communion with you. Our family and friends usually become aware of our heart-drift before we do; for our walk with you impacts everyone around us.

Jesus, it's a painful rebuke, but also a kindness and kiss, to hear you knocking on the door of our hearts. That you have to knock is sad, but that you do knock is so encouraging; for your voice is that of a Bridegroom wooing his beloved bride. It's only because you love us that you confront us and discipline us. It's your kindness that leads us to repentance--over, and over, and over.

Jesus, we hear your knock and voice most distinctly in the gospel--for the gospel guarantees us that you'll never shame us, but actually delight in us. By faith, we rise to greet you today. Come in, and let us fellowship and feast together. Restore to us the dearness of your nearness.

You are the Bread we need the most, and you give the water that alone quenches our thirst. Until the Day when daily fellowship meals are replaced with a Wedding Feast, may the need for your knock decrease, Jesus. So very Amen we pray, in your tender and tenacious name.




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