Friday, November 11, 2022

MacDonald: dying to self

Friday, November 11, 2022
    Feast of Martin, Monk, Bishop of Tours, 397
    For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.
    —Romans 6:6-7 (NIV)
    Christ died to save us, not from suffering, but from ourselves; not from injustice, far less from justice, but from being unjust. He died that we might live—but live as he lives, by dying as he died who died to himself that he might live unto God. If we do not die to ourselves, we cannot live to God, and he that does not live to God, is dead.
    ... George MacDonald (1824-1905), “Freedom”, in Unspoken Sermons, Third Series, London: Longmans, Green, 1889, p. 96 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 6:6-7; John 8:32-36; Rom. 8:9,13-14; Gal. 2:20
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You are the true reason for my life.
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