Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Rolle: avoid profitless disputes

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
    Commemoration of Richard Rolle of Hampole, Writer, Hermit, Mystic, 1349
    Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.
    —1 Corinthians 8:1 (NIV)
    Let us seek rather that the love of Christ burn within us than that we take heed to unprofitable disputation. Whiles truly we take heed to unmannerly seeking, we feel not the sweetness of the eternal savour. Wherefore many now so much savour in the burning of knowledge and not of love, that plainly they know not what love is, or of what savour; although the labour of all their study ought to spread unto this end, that they might burn in the love of God.
    ... Richard Rolle (1290?-1349), Fire of Love [1343], tr. Richard Misyn, I.v (see the book)
    See also 1 Cor. 8:1; Matt. 24:12-13; John 5:39-40; Col. 3:16; Eph. 3:16-19
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, renew my love once more.
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