Monday, April 20, 2009

Dodd: disown evil

April 20, 2009

    There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.
    -- 1 Corinthians 12:6 (NIV)

    The ascetic believed that, because he was so holy, the Devil was permitted special liberties with him, and he found in his increasing agony of effort a token of divine approval. Not along this track lies the path of moral progress. Christianity says: face the evil once for all, and disown it. Then quiet the spirit in the presence of God. Let His perfections fill the field of vision. In particular, let the concrete embodiment of the goodness of God in Christ attract and absorb the gaze of the soul. Here is the righteousness, not as a fixed and abstract ideal, but in a living human person. The righteousness of Christ is a real achievement of God’s own Spirit in man.
    ... C. Harold Dodd (1884-1973), The Meaning of Paul for Today [1920], p. 113 (see the book)

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I look upon Your goodness with awe.

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