Friday, December 02, 2022

Woolman: silence the love of money

Friday, December 2, 2022
    I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
    —Ephesians 3:16-19 (NIV)
    Silence, as to every motion proceeding from the love of money, and an humble waiting upon God, to know his will concerning us, hath now appeared necessary: he alone is able to strengthen us to dig deep, to remove all which lies between us and the safe foundation, and so direct us in our outward employments, that pure universal love may shine forth in our proceedings.
    ... John Woolman (1720-1772), The Works of John Woolman, Philadelphia: Benjamin & Jacob Johnson, 1800, p. 231 (see the book)
    See also Eph. 3:16-19; Isa. 40:31; Matt. 6:24; Luke 6:48; 16:13; 2 Cor. 12:9-10; Phil. 4:13; 1 Tim. 6:10-11; Jas. 4:4; 1 John 2:15-16
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, may I acknowledge the extent of Your love, and so fill my heart.
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