Sunday, November 12, 2023

Hilton: dead to sin

Sunday, November 12, 2023
    So, my brothers, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit to God.
    —Romans 7:4 (NIV)
    Since you have forsaken the world and turned wholly to God, you are symbolically dead in the eyes of men; therefore, let your heart be dead to all earthly affections and concerns, and wholly devoted to our Lord Jesus Christ. For you must be well aware that if we make an outward show of conversion to God without giving Him our hearts, it is only a shadow and pretence of virtue, and no true conversion. Any man or woman who neglects to maintain inward vigilance, and only makes an outward show of holiness in dress, speech, and behavior, is a wretched creature. For they watch the doings of other people and criticize their faults, imagining themselves to be something when in reality they are nothing. In this way they deceive themselves. Be careful to avoid this, and devote yourself inwardly to His likeness by humility, charity, and other spiritual virtues. In this way you will be truly converted to God.
    ... Walter Hilton (1330?-1396), The Scale of Perfection [early 15th century], ed. Serenus Cressy, Book I, I.i (see the book)
    See also Rom. 7:4; Isa. 29:13; Matt. 6:2-6,16-18; Rom. 6:1-6,10-11; 8:10; Gal. 2:19; 6:3,14; Col. 3:1-3; 1 Pet. 2:24
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grow me into the Lord’s likeness.
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