Thursday, December 20, 2018

Waller: for their friends

Thursday, December 20, 2018
    I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying, my conscience confirms it in the Holy Spirit— I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, those of my own race, the people of Israel.
    —Romans 9:1-4a (NIV)
The fear of Hell, or aiming to be blest,
Savors too much of private interest.
This moved not Moses, nor the zealous Paul,
Who for their friends abandoned soul and all.
    ... Edmund Waller (1606-1687), Works of Edmund Waller, Esq: in verse and prose, Dublin: W. G. Jones, 1768, p. 168 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 9:1-4; Ex. 32:31-32; Acts 13:26; Rom. 11:1; Gal. 1:8
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, make me to love my friends as You love them.
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