Monday, February 25, 2019

Law: our own perfection?

Monday, February 25, 2019
    Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.
    —Romans 10:3 (NIV)
    [Continued from yesterday]
    We are looking for our own virtue, our own piety, our own goodness, and so live on and in our own poverty and weakness, today pleased and comforted with the seeming firmness and strength of our own pious tempers, and fancying ourselves to be somewhat. Tomorrow, fallen into our own mire, we are dejected, but not humbled; we grieve, but it is only the grief of pride at the seeing our perfection not to be such as we had vainly imagined. And thus it will be, till the whole turn of our minds is so changed that we as fully see and know our inability to have any goodness of our own, as to have a life of our own.
    ... William Law (1686-1761), The Spirit of Prayer [1749], London: E. Justins for Ogles, Duncan, and Cochran, 1816, p. 147-148 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 10:3; Luke 16:15; Gal. 2:16; 6:3; Phil. 3:8-9; Rev. 3:17-18
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You alone are the creator and sustainer of all goodness.
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