Saturday, February 11, 2012

Thomas a Kempis: love free from self-interest

Saturday, February 11, 2012
    Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him...
    —Job 13:15 (NIV)
    Those who love Him for His own sake and not for any comfort of their own, bless Him in all trial and anguish of heart as well as in the bliss of consolation. Even if He should never give them consolation, yet they would continue to praise Him and wish always to give Him thanks. What power there is in pure love for Jesus—love that is free from all self-interest and self-love!
    ... Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471), Of the Imitation of Christ [1418], Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1877, II.xi., p. 104 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You are my life’s treasure.
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