Sunday, October 22, 2023

de Sales: the world's demands

Sunday, October 22, 2023
    You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
    —James 4:4 (NIV)
    People spend every night for a month dancing, and no one will complain of being the worse; but if they keep the one watch of Christmas Eve, we shall hear of endless colds and maladies the next day! Is it not as plain as possible that the world is an unjust judge; indulgent and kindly to its own children, harsh and uncharitable to the children of God?
    We cannot stand well with the world save by renouncing His approval.
    ... François de Sales (1567-1622), Introduction to the Devout Life [1609], London: Rivingtons, 1876, IV.i, p. 291-292 (see the book)
    See also Jas. 4:4; Matt. 5:11-12; 10:22; Mark 13:13; Luke 6:22; John 7:7; 15:18-19; 2 Cor. 4:2; Heb. 12:2; 1 John 2:15-16
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, assist me in renouncing the world’s approval.
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