Friday, May 21, 2021

Lewis: the moral test

Friday, May 21, 2021
    Feast of Commemoration of Helena, Protector of the Faith, 330
    For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
    —2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV)
    This, indeed, is probably one of [God’s] motives for creating a dangerous world—a world in which moral issues really come to the point. He sees... that courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means, at the point of highest reality. A chastity or honesty, or mercy, which yields to danger will be chaste or honest or merciful only on conditions. Pilate was merciful till it became risky.
    ... C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), The Screwtape Letters, Macmillan, 1944, p. 148 (see the book)
    See also 2 Tim. 1:7; Matt. 26:69-75; Acts 4:19-20; 5:29; Heb. 13:5-6; 1 John 4:16-18
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me courage that I may not fail You in the test.
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