Friday, June 12, 2009

The following piece is by William Penn from "Some fruits of Solitude".

I like his short, to the point remarks that reduce Christianity down to the essentials. This is a good example of that ---

"For serving God concerns the frame of our Spirits, in the whole course of our lives; in every occasion we have, in which we may shew our love to his law.

For as men in battle are continually in the way of shot, so we, in this world, are ever within the reach of temptation. And herein do we serve God, if we avoid what we are forbid, as well as do what he commands.
God is better served in resisting a temptation to evil, than in many formal prayers.
This is but twice or thrice a day; but that every hour and moment of the day. So much more is our continual watch, than our morning and evening devotion.

Wouldst thou then serve God? Do not that alone which thou wouldst not that another should see thee do."

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Mel said...

Very good post, Fred. It goes right along with the book I'm currently reading, "The Leader In Me" by Stephen Covey. One of the quotes early on in the book is "Leadership means doing the right thing even when nobody is looking." How true, and how hard to follow. May God grant us the grace to resist the temptation to do evil, to obey His leading to do right, and to have wisdom to wait and see when no action is called for in the present moment. Only God can give us that strength.

Many blessings to you and yours!

Mel :)

HAINAngel2000 said...

This is so true. I think we are even more blessed resisting sinful temptations. God knows as humans that it can be hard to do. So to do it knowing at times it is a battle between self and Godliness then God blesses us in so many ways. I like this post. Its very true!