Friday, January 20, 2017

Drummond: the urgency of loving

Friday, January 20, 2017
    Commemoration of Richard Rolle of Hampole, Writer, Hermit, Mystic, 1349
    [Jesus:] “Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
    “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.
    “Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes!”
    —Matthew 18:4-7 (ESV)
    Some of us have not much time to lose [to begin loving]. Remember, once more, that this is a matter of life or death. I cannot help speaking urgently, for myself, for yourselves. “Whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” That is to say, it is the deliberate verdict of the Lord Jesus that it is better not to have lived than not to love.
    ... Henry Drummond (1851-1897), “The Greatest Thing in the World”, in Addresses, H. Altemus, 1891, p. 46-47 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 18:4-7; Mark 9:41; Luke 9:48; 17:1-2; 1 Cor. 13:13
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me a heart of love, a heart like Yours.
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