Friday, January 29, 2021

Neill: peace

Friday, January 29, 2021
    What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.
    —Romans 7:24-25 (NIV)
    Peace is that state of things which exists when God’s will is being done. But sin has entered into the world, and God’s will is not being done. And where God’s will is not being done, there strife is found. Man is born to be a child of God, but he has become the enemy of God. Man is at war with himself. He knows what is good and what is bad. Yet often when he longs to do what is right, he finds that instead he does the evil which he hates.
    ... Stephen Neill (1900-1984), The Christian Character, London: Lutterworth Press, 1955, p. 37 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 7:21-25; Ps. 72:12-13; 91:14-15; Micah 7:19; Zech. 9:11; 1 Thess. 4:14; Titus 2:14;
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, only You can turn me from sin.
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