“Let the blessedness take place in us” - St Augustine
09 September 2010

God wants something to take place in us.  God wants His blessing to take bless in us, but at times we are full of other things.  Have you ever considered what is taking place within you and how it affects your fellowship with God and others??  Augustine’s homily on 1 John speaks profoundly on this topic.

“Because you have seen, you have believed; blessed are they who have not seen and yet believe.”  We are described, we are designated. Then let the blessedness take place in us, of which the Lord predicted that it should take place; let us hold firmly to what we do not see, because those tell us who have seen.  “that you also may have fellowship with us.”  And what great matter is it for us to have fellowship with men?  Do not despise it; see, what he adds:  “and our fellowship may be with God the Father and Jesus Christ His Son.  And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.” 1 John 1:3, 4 Full joy, says John, is in that fellowship, in that charity, in that unity.”

Augustine Gospel of John Homily I.3; NPNF 7:462

God wants His “blessedness” to take place in us.  He wants His blessing and the deep knowledge of our “blessedness” to take root in us so that we might be in fellowship with Him and with others.  Often we are filled with curses.  Either we are cursed by others: “You’ll never do this or that or amount to anything,” or we curse ourselves: “Why are you so stupid, so needy, so out of control.”  Whether it is our own or another’s words, we must acknowledge the hurt and pains of these curses and ask God to remove them  so that blessedness can take place in us.  God would like us to clean house in our hearts and leave only that which speaks blessing.  This seems so simple, but if you begin to examine your thoughts or emotions, you will find so much that goes on in your heart and mind is not blessed.  Be careful!  God has called us blessed, has set before us blessing and cursing, life and death (Deuteronomy 30:19) and we must choose whom we will serve.  If we are serving the Lord, then can we take Augustine’s challenge to let the blessedness take place in us?  When I am blessed and live from a heart that is blessed I am freer to love and be in fellowship with God and others.  When I am full of cursing: doubt, insecurity, self criticism, hurt, wounds, pain, rejection, rage, anger, bitterness, resentment, I am unable to love and be in fellowship because I am holding onto curses an.  A cycle of cursing hinders me from embracing my blessedness and leads me away from God and others.

Augustine’s challenge  takes us on a journey of profound inner healing.  To sit with God, in the depth of His love and ask Him to sift your heart and mind of words and attitudes that are not blessed is life changing.  Come, “let the blessedness take place in us.”  Let us begin to live in fellowship with one another and with God.  Let us hold onto the faith we profess – the same one we share with those who have gone before- those who had seen and heard the Lord Jesus Christ.  He proclaimed words of life and He asks us now if we will allow His work to continue in us. His words speak into our lives today:  “I have come that they might have life and life more abundant.”  John 10:10.  John said, “Blessed are they who have not seen and yet believe.” John 20:29 Do you believe today?  Then indeed, “Let the blessedness take place in you.”  No more room in your heart for words and attitudes that aren’t blessed.  Alleluia!