Thursday, May 23, 2019

Owen: alms

Thursday, May 23, 2019
    Commemoration of Petroc, Abbot of Padstow, 6th century
    Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?
    —James 2:15,16 (NIV)
    I shall not value his prayers at all, be he never so earnest and frequent in them, who gives not alms according to his ability.
    ... John Owen (1616-1683), I.3 in The Grace and Duty of being Spiritually Minded [1681], in Works of John Owen, v. VII, London: Johnson & Hunter, 1852, p. 296 (see the book)
    See also Jas. 2:15-16; Acts 10:31; Gal. 2:10; Jas. 1:27
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, set Your fire within my heart.
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