Friday, June 02, 2017

Fray: the origin of ethics

Friday, June 2, 2017
    Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.
    —1 Peter 5:2,3 (NIV)
    As we shared together our feelings about the study groups, we realized that we were not meeting together each week for an intellectual exercise. Something very real and significant was taking place. We were coming to know that the Christian faith is not primarily an ethic. It is not the struggle to do good or be good, but an encounter with Christ, of which morality and ethical living are by-products.
    ... Harold R. Fray, Jr., “The Spirit Making New”, in Spiritual Renewal through Personal Groups, John L. Casteel, ed., NY: Association Press, 1957, p. 72 (see the book)
    See also 1 Pet. 5:2-3; Isa. 40:11; John 21:15-17; Acts 20:28; 1 Cor. 9:16-17; Tit. 2:7-8
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, take away the temptation to “earn” salvation; rather, lead me to see Your grace in all my relationships.
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