Saturday, June 13, 2015

Chesterton: the paradox of charity

Saturday, June 13, 2015
    Commemoration of Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Apologist and Writer, 1936
    [Jesus:] “If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?”
    —Matthew 5:46-47 (NIV)
    Charity is a paradox, like modesty and courage. Stated baldly, charity certainly means one of two things—pardoning unpardonable acts, or loving unlovable people.
    ... Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), Orthodoxy, London, New York: John Lane Company, 1909, p. 174 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 5:46-47; 9:10-11; Luke 6:32-35; 15:1; 19:7; 1 Cor. 6:11
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, enlarge my heart.
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