Saturday, November 07, 2015

MacDonald: the cause of unbelief

Saturday, November 7, 2015
    Feast of Willibrord of York, Archbishop of Utrecht, Apostle of Frisia, 739
    [Jesus:] “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”
    —John 14:21 (NIV)
    One chief cause of the amount of unbelief in the world is, that those who have seen something of the glory of Christ, set themselves to theorize concerning him rather than to obey him. In teaching men, they have not taught them Christ, but taught them about Christ. More eager after credible theory than after doing the truth, they have speculated in a condition of heart in which it was impossible they should understand; they have presumed to explain a Christ whom years and years of obedience could alone have made them able to comprehend.
    ... George MacDonald (1824-1905), “Justice”, in Unspoken Sermons, Third Series, London: Longmans, Green, 1889, pp. 135-136 (see the book)
    See also John 14:21; Ps. 62:12; 111:10; 143:10; Matt. 7:24; 13:13-15; Mark 9:24; John 13:17; 14:15; Rom. 14:23; 1 Cor. 1:23-24; Eph. 4:17-18; Col. 1:9; Heb. 13:16; Jas. 1:22-25; 2 John 1:9
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You urge me to live Your truth.
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