Saturday, November 03, 2018

Brinsmead: gracious neighbors?

Saturday, November 3, 2018
    Feast of Richard Hooker, Priest, Anglican Apologist, Teacher, 1600
    Commemoration of Martin of Porres, Dominican Friar, 1639
The LORD is gracious and compassionate,
    slow to anger and rich in love.
    —Psalm 145:8 (NIV)
    The two great features of Protestant theology are its doctrines of justification by faith and the law as the rule of life. This is a synthesis of New Testament grace and Old Testament ethics. With this synthesis, Protestants have solved the problem of finding a gracious God, but they have not solved the problem of finding gracious neighbors. They can fellowship with God because he is gracious; but they find it difficult to fellowship with one another, because they are not so gracious.
    ... Robert D. Brinsmead (b. 1933), “Justification by Faith”
    See also Ps. 145:8; 28:3; 31:11; 86:15; 100:5; 103:8; Jonah 4:2; Eph. 2:4-5; 1 Pet. 2:3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, show me how to love my neighbors better.
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