Saturday, May 08, 2010

Law: the piety of the Gospel

Saturday, May 8, 2010
    Feast of Juliana of Norwich, Mystic, Teacher, c.1417
    “The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks and make your home on the heights, you who say to yourself, ‘Who can bring me down to the ground?’ Though you soar like the eagle and make your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down,” declares the LORD.
    —Obadiah 3-4 (NIV)
    Whilst pride, sensuality, covetousness, and ambition, had only the authority of the heathen world, Christians were thereby made more intent upon the contrary virtues. But when pride, sensuality, covetousness, and ambition, have the authority of the Christian world, then private Christians are in the utmost danger, not only of being shamed out of the practice, but of losing the very notion of the piety of the Gospel.
    ... William Law (1686-1761), A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life [1728], London: Methuen, 1899, p. 323-324 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, strengthen Your people for self-control.
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