Thursday, August 05, 2010

Neill: accepting what God has made

Thursday, August 5, 2010
    Feast of Oswald, King of Northumbria, Martyr, 642
    Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.”
    —John 9:41 (NIV)
    Every virtue is a form of obedience to God. Every evil word or act is a form of rebellion against Him. This may not be clear at first; but, if we think patiently, we shall find that it is true. Why were you angry? You will probably find that it was because you were not willing to accept the world as God has made it; or because you were not willing to leave it to God to deal with the people that He has made.
    ... Stephen Neill (1900-1984), The Christian Character, London: Lutterworth Press, 1955, p. 17 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me faith, so that I may not rebel against Your plan for the salvation of the world.
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