Friday, November 13, 2020

Simeon: thy increase, my decrease

Friday, November 13, 2020
    Feast of Charles Simeon, Pastor, Teacher, 1836
    For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
    —2 Corinthians 5:14-15 (NIV)
    I would have the whole of my experience one continued sense—first, of my nothingness, and dependence on God; second, of my guiltiness, and desert before Him; third, of my obligations to redeeming love, as utterly overwhelming me with its incomprehensible extent and grandeur.
    ... Charles Simeon (1759-1836), Memoirs of the Life of the Rev. Charles Simeon, Pittsburgh: R. Carter, 1847, letter to Miss Mary Elliott, Nov. 21, 1834, p. 430 (see the book)
    See also 2 Cor. 5:14-15; Matt. 10:37-38; John 3:30; 2 Cor. 12:11; Eph. 3:16-19; 1 Pet. 1:8
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You alone give value to anything of mine.
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