Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Fuller: fear and humility

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
    Commemoration of Mellitus, First Bishop of London, 624
    Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
    —James 4:10 (NIV)
    Great is the difference betwixt a man’s being frightened at, and humbled for, his sins. One may passively be cast down by God’s terrors, and yet not willingly throw himself down as he ought at God’s footstool.
    ... Thomas Fuller (1608-1661), The Cause and Cure of a Wounded Conscience [1655], Dial. VI. (see the book)
    See also Jas. 4:10; Job 9:28-31; Ps. 51:1-4; Isa. 1:15-17; Matt. 23:13-15; Mark 12:40
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, calm my fearful heart.
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