Friday, May 07, 2021

Carson: drifting

Friday, May 7, 2021
    Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.
    —1 John 3:7-9 (NIV)
    People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.
    ... D. A. Carson (b. 1946), For the Love of God: A Daily Companion for Discovering the Riches of God’s Word, v. II [1999], reprint, Good News Publishers, 2006, Jan. 23 (see the book)
    See also 1 John 3:7-9; Matt. 5:48; John 15:19; Gal. 5:22-23; Col. 3:5-8; 1 Tim. 6:11-12; 2 Tim. 2:21-22; Heb. 12:10-12; 1 Pet. 1:14-16; 3:10-12; 2 Pet. 3:11-12; 1 John 2:5
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, prohibit my drifting away from You.
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