Thursday, July 23, 2020

Trueblood: Christian cheerfulness

Thursday, July 23, 2020
    Commemoration of Bridget of Sweden, Abbess of Vadstena, 1373
    For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
    —1 Peter 2:21-24 (KJV)
    Any alleged Christianity which fails to express itself in cheerfulness, at some point, is clearly spurious. The Christian is cheerful, not because he is blind to injustice and suffering, but because he is convinced that these, in the light of the divine sovereignty, are never ultimate.
    ... Elton Trueblood (1900-1994), The Humor of Christ, London: Libra Book, 1965, p. 32 (see the book)
    See also 1 Pet. 2:21-24; Ps. 9:2; Matt. 5:11-12; Luke 6:22-23; 10:20; Rom. 5:1-5; 8:18; 12:15; Phil. 4:4; 1 Pet. 4:13
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, soon we shall rejoice in You unmixed with our sorrows.
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