Thursday, February 19, 2015

Law: offended by sin?

Thursday, February 19, 2015
    For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.
    —1 Peter 3:18 (NIV)
    You have never less reason to be pleas’d with yourself, than when you find yourself most angry and offended at the behaviour of others. All sin is certainly to be hated and abhorred, wherever it is; but then we must set ourselves against sin, as we do against sickness and diseases, by showing ourselves tender and compassionate to the sick and diseased.
    All other hatred of sin, which does not fill the heart with the softest, tenderest affections towards persons miserable in it, is the servant of sin, at the same time that it seems to be hating it.
    ... William Law (1686-1761), A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life [1728], London: Methuen, 1899, p. 402 (see the book)
    See also 1 Pet. 3:18; Ps. 119:163; Isa. 53:6; Rom. 5:8; 12:9; Jude 1:22-23
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me compassion for those in sin.
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