Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Hauerwas: self-knowledge

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
    Commemoration of Bridget of Sweden, Abbess of Vadstena, 1373
    This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
    —1 John 1:5-7 (NIV)
    Not only is knowledge of self tied to knowledge of God, but we know ourselves truthfully only when we know ourselves in relation to God. We know who we are only when we can place our selves—locate our stories—within God’s story.
    ... Stanley Hauerwas (b. 1940), The Peaceable Kingdom, University of Notre Dame Press, 1983, p. 27 (see the book)
    See also 1 John 1:5-7; Pr. 1:7; Hos. 6:6; Matt. 18:10; 22:39; Rom. 8:18; 1 Cor. 8:3; 13:9-12; Phil. 3:8; 1 John 3:19-20
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your people are secure in Your plan.
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