Thursday, September 28, 2023

Tillotson: the habit of holiness

Thursday, September 28, 2023
I will hasten and not delay
    to obey your commands.
    —Psalm 119:60 (NIV)
    Do we think that when the day hath been idly spent and squandered away by us, we shall be fit to work when the night and darkness comes? When our understanding is weak, and our memory frail, and our will crooked, and by long custom of sinning obstinately bent the wrong way, what can we then do in religion? What reasonable or acceptable service can we then perform to God? When our candle is just sinking into the socket, how shall our light “so shine before men that they may see our good works?”... I will not pronounce anything concerning the impossibility of a death-bed repentance, but I am sure that it is very difficult, and, I believe, very rare.
    ... John Tillotson (1630-1694), Works of Dr. John Tillotson, v. II, London: J. F. Dove, for R. Priestley, 1820, Sermon XIV, p. 113, 557 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 119:60; Matt. 5:16; Mark 9:24; Luke 23:39-43; Col. 1:10-12
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I will not wait an hour before following You.
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