Monday, November 10, 2014

Law: indulgence

Monday, November 10, 2014
    Feast of Leo the Great, Bishop of Rome, 461
    Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
    —Colossians 3:2 (NIV)
    You must not deceive yourself with saying, Where can be the harm of clothes? for the covetous man might as well say, Where can be the harm of gold or silver? but you must consider, that it is a great deal of harm to want that wise, and reasonable, and humble state of heart, which is according to the spirit of religion, and which no one can have in the manner that he ought to have it, who indulges himself either in the vanity of dress, or the desire of riches.
    ... William Law (1686-1761), A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life [1728], London: Methuen, 1899, p. 124-125 (see the book)
    See also Col. 3:2; Ex. 20:17; Matt. 6:19-21,28-30; 13:22; 19:23-24; 23:5; Luke 12:15,33-34; 18:24-25; John 6:27; Eph. 5:5; 1 Tim. 2:9-10; Heb. 13:5; 1 Pet. 3:3; 1 John 2:15-17
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, free me from my self-indulgence.
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