Thursday, December 10, 2015

Merton: God's enemy?

Thursday, December 10, 2015
    Commemoration of Thomas Merton, Monk, Spiritual Writer, 1968
    Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
    —1 Peter 2:12 (NIV)
    Do not be too quick to assume that your enemy is an enemy of God just because he is your enemy. Perhaps he is your enemy precisely because he can find nothing in you that gives glory to God. Perhaps he fears you because he can find nothing in you of God’s love and God’s kindness and God’s patience and mercy and understanding of the weaknesses of men.
    ... Thomas Merton (1915-1968), New Seeds of Contemplation [1961], New Directions Publishing, 1972, p. 177 (see the book)
    See also 1 Pet. 2:12; Matt. 5:14-16,43-45; Luke 6:27-28,35; Rom. 12:14,20-21; 2 Cor. 9:13; 1 Pet. 3:9
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, warm my heart.
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