Sunday, August 13, 2023

Taylor: the Spirit's whispers

Sunday, August 13, 2023
    Feast of Jeremy Taylor, Bishop of Down & Connor, Priest, Teacher, 1667
    Commemoration of Florence Nightingale, Social Reformer, 1910
    Commemoration of Octavia Hill, Worker for the Poor, 1912
    See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.
    —Hebrews 12:15 (NIV)
    While the Spirit of God is doing this work [of regeneration] in man, man must also be ‘a fellowworker with God;’ he must entertain the Spirit, attend his inspirations, receive his whispers, obey all his motions, invite him farther, and truly renounce all confederacy with his enemy, sin; at no hand suffering any ‘root of bitterness to spring up,’ not allowing to himself any reserve of carnal pleasure, no clandestine lust, no private oppressions, no secret covetousness, no love to this world, that may discompose his duty... When we leave every sin, when we resolve never to return to the chains, when we have no love for the world but such as may be a servant of God; then I account that we are entered into a state of grace.
    ... Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667), The Whole Works of the Right Rev. Jeremy Taylor, D.D., v. VI, London: Ogle, Duncan & Co., 1822, Sermon XIV, p. 5 (see the book)
    See also Heb. 12:15; Ps. 32:5; 51:7,10; 130:1-2; 1 Cor. 3:9; 2 Cor. 7:10-11; 2 Pet. 3:18
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I would leave every sin behind.
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