Signs of the Times

The Very Rev. John B. Walthour in a radio address on the Episcopal Hour produced by the National Council of the Protestant Episcopal Church

"Thy will he done." Those words are the greatest of all words. ... And when we seek instruction in the meaning of God's will, where better could we seek than in the life and teaching of Jesus? ... He lived his entire earthly life in utter devotion to the will of God.... We read of his saying: "I must work the works of him that sent me." "I seek ... the will of the Father which hath sent me." "It is not the will of your Father which is in heaven that ...." And he who has watched Jesus as he lived, moved, and spoke in the world of men has seen the will of God in action.

The first followers of the Christ came to know this truth with confident surety. Their confidence was so great that they based their knowledge of God's character upon what they saw in Jesus. And many years after his death one of them summed up that character in a very simple statement, "God is love." The three years those men had spent in intimate association with Jesus had convinced them that the will of God is the will of love; not the will of a sentimental affection, but the will of a strong and enduring love, the will of love that seeks the highest good for each individual. They saw that the will of God is that man should be perfect.

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September 24, 1949

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