Friday, July 14, 2017

Keble: the imperative of conscience

Friday, July 14, 2017
    Feast of John Keble, Priest, Poet, Tractarian, 1866
    Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.
    —1 John 3:18-22 (ESV)
    Once make up your mind never to stand waiting and hesitating when your conscience tells you what you ought to do, and you have got the key to every blessing that a sinner can reasonably hope for.
    ... John Keble (1792-1866), Sermons for the Christian Year, v. XI, Oxford: James Parker, 1880, p. 492 (see the book)
    See also 1 John 3:18-22; Matt. 25:37-40; Rom. 12:9; 1 Cor. 13:4-7; Gal. 5:13; 6:9; Eph. 4:1-3,15; Jas. 2:15-16
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me a heart that is always ready to do Your will.
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