Friday, December 02, 2016

Gossip: danger in contentment

Friday, December 2, 2016
I know, O Lord, that your rules are righteous,
    and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
    —Psalm 119:75 (ESV)
    This insensibility of ours is a bad symptom. For one thing, it implies that we have no spiritual ambition, else we should not be satisfied with such poor lives; that we cannot have thought out the fact of Jesus Christ, and how immeasurably He has raised the standard. Will you hang your wretched daubs beside the works of Titian and Michelangelo and not be shamed by the enormous contrast, stand back and say, with a satisfied smirk, “That is pretty good, you know!” And can you live face to face with Jesus Christ, and be content with what you are?
    ... A. J. Gossip (1873-1954), From the Edge of the Crowd, Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1924, p. 31 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 119:75; Hos. 8:1; Phil. 4:11-13; Heb. 12:3-8
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I am ashamed of my sins.
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