Monday, January 06, 2020

Lecky: an ideal character

Monday, January 6, 2020
    [Jesus:] “Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.”
    —Matthew 5:37 (NIV)
    It was reserved for Christianity to present to the world an ideal character, which through all the changes of eighteen centuries has inspired the hearts of men with an impassioned love; has shown itself capable of acting on all ages, nations, temperaments, and conditions; has been not only the highest pattern of virtue but the strongest incentive to its practice; and has exerted so deep an influence that it may be truly said that the simple record of three short years of active life has done more to regenerate and to soften mankind than all the disquisitions of philosophers and all the exhortations of moralists.
    ... W. E. H. Lecky (1838-1903), History of European Morals, v. II [1869], New York: D. Appleton, 1910, p. 8-9 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 5:37-48; John 1:14,17-18; 3:16; Heb. 1:1-2; Jas. 5:12
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, our inheritance from You is rich beyond measure.
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