Friday, May 13, 2022

Figgis: the intolerant Lord

Friday, May 13, 2022
    [Jesus:] “Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.
    “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their fathers treated the prophets.”
    —Luke 6:22-23 (NIV)
    If you serve Christ, He will be content with nothing less than the whole of you. The service means taking up the Cross; being hard where others find it easy, being regarded by some as unintelligent, by others as bigoted, by others as uncharitable—for Christ’s lordship is intolerant. We are His sworn men and owe Him “life and limb and earthly worship” and service against all other lords; and we cannot reduce our faith into mere commonplace morals or respectable citizenship.
    ... John Neville Figgis (1866-1919), The Gospel and Human Needs, London: Longman’s, Green & Co., 1911, p. 153 (see the book)
    See also Luke 6:22-23; Matt. 5:11-12; 7:13-14; 10:21-23; 24:9-10; Mark 13:11-13; John 15:18-19; 16:1-2; 2 Cor. 4:8-12
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant that I may hold nothing back that You desire to use.
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