Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Jones: made new

Wednesday, August 8, 2018
    Feast of Dominic, Priest, Founder of the Order of Preachers, 1221
    The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.
    —Isaiah 9:2 (NIV)
    To pass from estrangement from God to be a son of God is the basic fact of conversion. That altered relationship with God gives you an altered relationship with yourself—with your brother man, with nature, with the universe... You are no longer working against the grain of the universe—you’re working with it...
    You have been forgiven by God and now you can forgive yourself. All self hate, self-despising, self-rejection, drop away, and you accept yourself in God, respect yourself, and love yourself...
    You cease to move into yourself, away from others. You give up your attitude of antagonism... You begin to move toward others in love. God moved toward you in gracious outgoing love, and you move toward others in that same outgoing love.
    ... E. Stanley Jones (1884-1973), Conversion, New York: Abingdon Press, 1959, p. 131-132 (see the book)
    See also Isa. 9:2; Matt. 11:29-30; Luke 1:76-79; 2:30-32; John 8:12; 2 Cor. 5:18-19; 1 Pet. 2:9
Quiet time reflection:
    Thank you, Lord, for a new heart.
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