Day: the new man
In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
—Hebrews 12:4 (NIV)
We have to begin to see what Christianity really is, that “our God is a living fire; though He slay me yet will I trust Him.” We have to think in terms of the Beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount and have this readiness to suffer. “We have not yet resisted unto blood.” We have not yet loved our neighbor with the kind of love that is a precept to the extent of laying down our life for him. And our life very often means our money, money that we have sweated for; it means our bread, our daily living, our rent, our clothes. We haven’t shown ourselves ready to lay down our life. This is a new precept, it is a new way, it is the new people we are supposed to become.
... Dorothy Day (1897-1980), Meditations—Dorothy Day, Paulist Press, 1970, p. 88 (see the book)
See also Heb. 12:4; Deut. 4:24; Job 13:15; Matt. 5:3-11; Heb. 12:29
Quiet time reflection:
Lord, grant me a sacrificial heart.
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