Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Robertson: thinking and action

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
    This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
    —1 John 5:3-5 (NIV)
    It is perilous to separate thinking rightly from acting [rightly]. He is already half false who speculates on truth, and does not do it. Truth is given, not to be contemplated, but to be done. Life is an action, not a thought. And the penalty paid by him who speculates on truth, is that by degrees the very truth he holds becomes to him a falsehood.
    ... Frederick W. Robertson (1816-1853), Sermons Preached at Trinity Chapel, Brighton, v. I, Boston: Ticknor & Fields, 1857, p. 335 (see the book)
    See also 1 John 5:3-5, Matt. 7:24-27; John 13:17; 1 Cor. 13:3; Gal. 6:7-8; 1 Thess. 1:3; Jas. 1:22; 2:14,17-22,26; 2 Pet. 1:5-9; 1 John 2:3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your truth demands action from me.
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