Sunday, April 23, 2017

Powell: the use of afflictions

Sunday, April 23, 2017
    Feast of George, Martyr, Patron of England, c.304
    Commemoration of Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury, Teacher, 1988
    Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
    —Hebrews 12:9-11 (ESV)
    By afflictions, God is spoiling us [i.e., taking away from us] of what otherwise might have spoiled us. When he makes the world too hot for us to hold, we let it go.
    ... Thomas Powell (see the book)
    See also Heb. 12:9-11; Ps. 118:18; Pr. 19:18; 2 Cor. 4:17; 12:9
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me a spirit of patience in hardship, that I might not cling to the world.
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