Friday, March 25, 2011

Newbigin: forget self

Friday, March 25, 2011
    Feast of the Annunciation of our Lord to the Virgin Mary
    Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
    —1 Peter 1:13-16 (NIV)
    To make the improving of our own character our central aim is hardly the highest kind of goodness. True goodness forgets itself and goes out to do the right thing for no other reason than that it is right.
    ... Lesslie Newbigin (1909-1998), Christian Freedom in the Modern World, London: SCM Press, 1937, p. 27 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, cure my unbelief, that I may forget self and love righteousness.
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