Sunday, March 26, 2017

Gossip: being honest with God

Sunday, March 26, 2017
    Feast of Harriet Monsell of Clewer, Religious, 1883
    Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.
    —Luke 12:2 (ESV)
    Jeremy Taylor (q.v.) gives us some fundamental rules for prayer. And the chief of them is this: “Do not lie to God.” And that curt piece of advice, so bluntly thrown down for us, is indeed all-important. Do not burn false fire upon God’s altar; do not pose and pretend, either to Him or to yourself, in your religious exercises; do not say more than you mean, or use exaggerated language that goes beyond the facts, when speaking to Him whose word is truth.
    ... A. J. Gossip (1873-1954), In the Secret Place of the Most High, New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1947, p. 26-27 (see the book)
    See also Luke 12:2; Ps. 40:10; Matt. 10:26; Mark 4:22; Luke 18:10-14; John 17:17; Rom. 1:16
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, silence my poses, my excuses, my posturing, and my rationalizations.
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