Friday, January 05, 2024

Eckhart: loving God "because"

Friday, January 5, 2024
    It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill.
    —Philippians 1:15 (NIV)
    Some people want to see God with their eyes as they see a cow, and to love Him as they love their cow—for the milk and cheese and profit it brings them. This is how it is with people who love God for the sake of outward wealth or inward comfort. They do not rightly love God, when they love Him for their own advantage. Indeed, I tell you the truth, any object you have in your mind, however good, will be a barrier between you and the inmost Truth.
    ... Meister Eckhart (1260?-1327?), quoted in Works of Meister Eckhart, London: J. M. Watkins, 1924, p. 52 (see the book)
    See also Phil. 1:15; 2 Kings 5:15-16; Pr. 15:26; Matt. 10:8; Luke 16:13; John 20:29; Acts 8:18-23; 2 Pet. 2:1-3; 1 John 2:16; 4:20
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, break my self-service.
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