Sunday, July 30, 2023

Wilberforce: natural desires

Sunday, July 30, 2023
    Commemoration of William Wilberforce, Social Reformer, 1833
    Since an overseer is entrusted with God’s work, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined.
    —Titus 1:7-8 (NIV)
    Christianity proposes not to extinguish our natural desires. It promises to bring the desires under just control and direct them to their true object.
    ... William Wilberforce (1759-1833), Real Christianity, ed. James Houston, Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, 2005, p. 107-108 (see the book)
    See also Tit. 1:7-8; Matt. 6:19-21; Acts 24:25; 1 Cor. 9:25; Gal. 5:22-23; Heb. 10:34; 2 Pet. 1:5-9
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, redirect my energies towards Your will.
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