Thursday, April 05, 2018

Barclay: Called out or called in?

Thursday, April 5, 2018
    Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
    —Ephesians 4:29-30 (NIV)
    There is a certain kind of so-called conversion which separates a man from his fellow men. It may fill him with a self-righteousness which rejoices in its own superiority to those who have had no like experience. It may move a man to a Pharisaic self-isolation. There have in fact been not a few so-called conversions as a result of which a man has left the Church to belong to some smaller and holier body. The plain truth is that such a one should very seriously examine himself, if he finds what he regards as his Christian experience separating him from his fellow-men, or his fellow-Christians.
    ... William Barclay (1907-1978), In the Hands of God, New York: Harper & Row, 1967, Westminster Press, 1981, p. 40-41 (see the book)
    See also Eph. 4:29-30; Isa. 40:11; Matt. 18:10; John 17:23; Rom. 14:1-8,21; 15:1,7; 1 Cor. 8:12-13; Eph. 4:1-6
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, teach me to love those whom You love.
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