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A Restless Heart (Part 1)
• READ: ROMANS 13:11-14
St. Augustine was a famous theologian born in AD 354 in present-day Algeria. He wrote on big ideas in Christianity, such as the importance of the church and salvation by grace. He also devoted time to answering questions about Christianity in general. Because of what Augustine contributed to the church, you might think, "Wow, this guy must have had a pretty clean track record when it comes to sin," and that is simply untrue.
Like all of us, Augustine was an imperfect human and a sinner. In his early years, he searched for meaning and answers to life’s big questions, eventually devoting himself to some pretty messed-up ideologies in the process. Augustine also struggled with sexual immorality for years, and he was wracked with guilt.
But he didn’t convert to Christianity until he was 31. One day, when he was feeling particularly grieved by his sin, he heard a childlike voice calling him to pick up the Bible and read. He did and found himself reading Romans 13:13-14, which led him to put his trust in Jesus as his Savior from sin and death.
After his conversion, Augustine went on to become the bishop of Hippo. During his lifetime, he wrote Confessions, City of God, On Christian Doctrine, and more. His writings are still held in high regard by many in the church today.
Augustine comments on our relationship with God and sums up his discovery of Christianity in his quote from Confessions, saying, “Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.” Augustine’s restless heart found rest in Jesus’ grace—the only place for any restless heart. • Naomi Vroegop
• How do you feel knowing Augustine struggled with sins such as lust?
• Does it surprise you that Jesus used a broken person like Augustine to further His church? Why or why not?
Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires. Romans 13:14 (NLT)
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A Persistent Love (Part 2)
• READ: LUKE 18:1-8; 1 CORINTHIANS 3:6-7; 2 TIMOTHY 2:24-26
Are you praying desperately for loved ones and wondering if they’ll ever come to know Jesus? You are not alone. This is the battle that St. Monica had all the way back in the fourth century AD.
Monica was a devout Christian. She was in an arranged marriage with Patricius, a man who did not share her faith but surprisingly allowed her to practice hers. Life was far from easy for her—Patricius was abusive and unfaithful, and his difficult mother-in-law came to live with them. Monica must have been frustrated at times, desiring them both to turn to God.
Monica prayed constantly for her family, refusing to give up on them and remaining faithful, even when it must have seemed impossible. Finally, after many years of crying out to God, both her mother-in-law and her husband converted to Christianity, shortly before Patricius’ death.
While part of her prayers had been answered, Monica had another prayer request regarding her son, who would eventually become known as St. Augustine. Young Augustine was a disobedient and rebellious person, but Monica never gave up on him, remaining fervent in prayer for his conversion.
It appeared he would never change his ways, but several months before Monica died, something miraculous happened. With the influence of Ambrose, a gifted speaker and Christian bishop, Augustine converted to Christianity and became a changed person.
Monica’s life serves as a reminder that God is still at work, even when all seems lost. We can trust Him and pray persistently, knowing He is the One who saves. Monica’s sacrificial love toward her family members demonstrated the love Jesus showed to her—and us—on the cross. • Cindy Lee
• Who are people you are praying for right now?
• Does it comfort you to know you aren’t in control of saving other people?
• How can you love others in your life like Jesus has loved you?
• Read 2 Timothy 1:1-5. Lois and Eunice were the grandmother and mother of Timothy, who was a young leader in the early church. How did their faith impact how they raised Timothy? How was Monica’s influence on Augustine similar to the influence Lois and Eunice had on Timothy?
We love each other because he loved us first. 1 John 4:19 (NLT)