Sunday, September 11, 2005

CQOD: 09/15/05 -- Lewis: ferocious charity

Christian Quotation of the Day

September 15, 2005
Meditation:
    Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
    -- 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (KJV)

Quotation:
    We need at times, some of us at most times, that Charity from others which, being Love Himself in them, loves the unlovable. But this, though a sort of love we need, is not the sort we want. We want to be loved for our cleverness, beauty, generosity, fairness, usefulness. The first hint that anyone is offering us the highest love of all is a terrible shock.
    ... C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), The Four Loves [1960]

Quiet time reflection:
    Am I resisting someone who is offering Your love to me?


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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a comment not simply on today's quote, but in general: I wish you would use a translation other than the King James. Familiar and beloved as it may be to many English readers, it does not provide an accurate translation. This becomes beautifully apparent as one reads the Bible in Hebrew (OT) and Greek (NT).

5:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would C. S. Lewis have been using the King James when he was writing?

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't a clue which one(s) he used - KJV was likely one if not the only. However, my point was not merely re: this posting, but in general. If we regard the Bible as foundational in our faith, containing our family's beloved stories, then how much truer, richer, and stronger our foundation if (at least SOMEtimes) we get as close to the original as we can. Tradition is not grown merely in what is familiar - it's illustrative and enlarging to discover an even EARLIER tradition than one that may be closer to us generationally or geographically). I was reared on KJV, and much about it is pleasing to me, but as with some other childhood things, I like visiting now and then, but wouldn't want to live there.

5:37 AM  

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