Thursday, August 03, 2023

Kingsley: what is wrong with the world

Thursday, August 3, 2023
Blessed is he
    whose transgressions are forgiven,
    whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the man
    whose sin the LORD does not count against him
    and in whose spirit is no deceit.
    —Psalm 32:1-2 (NIV)
    What is wrong with the world in general, is wrong likewise more or less with you and me, and with all human beings; for after all, the world is made up of human beings; and the sin of the world is nothing save the sins of each and all human beings put together; and the world will be renewed and come right again, just as far and no farther, as each human being is renewed and comes right. The only sure method, therefore, of setting the world right, is to begin by setting our own little part of the world right—in a word, setting ourselves right.
    ... Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), All Saints’ Day, and other sermons, ed. William Harrison, London: Kegan Paul, 1878, p. 46 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 32:1-2; 51:7; Isa. 1:18; Rom. 8:6-7; Heb. 12:1; 1 John 1:7; 2:1-2
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, strengthen my resistance to sin.
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