Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Donne: the uttermost condemnation

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
    The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.
    —1 John 2:4-6 (NIV)
    Think thyself at that Tribunal, that judgment now: where thou shalt not only hear all thy sinful works, and words, and thoughts repeated, which thou thyself hadst utterly forgot, but thou shalt hear thy good works, thine alms, thy coming to church, thy hearing of sermons given in evidence against thee, because they had hypocrisy mingled in them; yea thou shalt find even thy repentance to condemn thee, because thou madest that but a door to a relapse.
    ... John Donne (1573-1631), Works of John Donne, vol. II, London: John W. Parker, 1839, Sermon XXXV, p. 125 (see the book)
    See also 1 John 2:4-6; Luke 13:1-5; 18:10-14; John 16:8-11; Heb. 2:1-4
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I cannot keep my vows against sin. Strengthen me against the power of sin.
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