Friday, September 18, 2015

MacDonald: do it

Friday, September 18, 2015
    Commemoration of George MacDonald, Spiritual Writer, 1905
    Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
    —James 1:22 (NIV)
    Instead of so knowing Christ that they have Him in them saving them, they lie wasting themselves in soul-sickening self-examination as to whether they are believers, whether they are really trusting in the atonement, whether they are truly sorry for their sins—the way to madness of the brain and despair of the heart...
    Instead of asking yourself whether you believe or not, ask yourself whether you have, this day, done one thing because He said, Do it, or once abstained because He said, Do not do it. It is simply absurd to say you believe, or even want to believe, in Him, if you do not do anything He tells you.
    ... George MacDonald (1824-1905), “The Truth in Jesus”, in Unspoken Sermons, Second Series, London: Longmans, Green, 1886, p. 244-245 (see the book)
    See also Jas. 1:22; Matt. 7:24-27; 12:50; Luke 6:47-49; 11:28; John 13:17; 14:15; Eph. 4:20-23; 1 John 2:3; 5:3-5
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I am Yours to command.
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