Friday, January 04, 2019

Fenelon: the only liberty

Friday, January 4, 2019
    For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
    —Galatians 5:1 (ESV)
    There is no condition wherein man does not depend on many others, wherein he is not more obliged to follow their fancies than his own. All the commerce of life is a perpetual constraint to the laws of good breeding, and the necessity of humoring others; and besides, our own passions are the worst tyrants: if you obey them but by halves, a perpetual strife and contest exists within; and if you entirely give up yourself to them, it is horrid to think to what extremities they will lead. May God preserve us from that fatal slavery, which the mad presumption of man calls liberty! Liberty is to be found only in Him.
    ... François Fénelon (1651-1715), Pious Reflections for Every Day in the Month, London: H. D. Symonds, 1800, p. 82-83 (see the book)
    See also Gal. 5:1; Rom. 1:26; 1 Cor. 8:9; Gal. 4:17-18; 5:24; Col. 3:5; 1 Thess. 4:3-6
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord Christ, You have set me free indeed.
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