Sunday, April 03, 2022

MacDonald: essential opinions?

Sunday, April 3, 2022
    Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear.
    —1 Peter 1:17 (NIV)
    I have no desire to change the opinion of man or woman. Let everyone for me hold what he pleases. But I would do my utmost to disable such as think correct opinion essential to salvation from laying any other burden on the shoulders of true men and women than the yoke of their Master; and such burden, if already oppressing any, I would gladly lift. Let the Lord himself teach them, I say. A man who has not the mind of Christ—and no man has the mind of Christ except him who makes it his business to obey him—cannot have correct opinions concerning him; neither, if he could, would they be of any value to him: he would be nothing the better, he would be the worse for having them. Our business is not to think correctly, but to live truly; then first will there be a possibility of our thinking correctly.
    ... George MacDonald (1824-1905), “Justice”, in Unspoken Sermons, Third Series, London: Longmans, Green, 1889, p. 134-135 (see the book)
    See also 1 Pet. 1:17; Ps. 62:11-12; Eccl. 12:13; Matt. 16:27; John 14:15; Rom. 2:6-8; 14:5,23; 1 Cor. 2:16; 8:10-11; 2 Cor. 5:10; Phil. 2:5; Col. 3:25; 1 John 3:18-20
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You empower Your people to follow Your word.
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