Friday, June 23, 2017

Description of the Misanthrope

  "He is a man who avoids society only to free himself from the trouble of being useful to it. He is a man who considers his neighbors only on the side of their defects, not knowing the art of combining their virtues with their vices, and of rendering the imperfections of other people tolerable, by reflecting on his own. He is a man more employed in finding out and inflicting punishments on the guilty, than in devising means to reform them. He is a man who talks of nothing but banishing and executing; and who, because he thinks his talents are not sufficiently valued and employed by his fellow-citizens, or rather because they know his foibles, and do not choose to be subject to his caprice, leads him to talks of quitting cities, towns and societies, and living in dens or deserts." Saurin.

  "Dogs bark at all persons indifferently; so if you persecute everybody that offends you, you will bring the matter to this pass by your impudence, that all things will flow down into the imbecility of your mind, as a place void and capable of receiving them, and at last you will be filled with nothing but other men's miscarriages." Plutarch.

  "What a large volume of adventures may be grasped within this little span of life, by him who interests his heart in everything; and who, having eyes to see what time and chance are perpetually holding out to him as he journeyeth on his way, misses nothing he can fairly lay his hands on!
I pity the man who can travel from Dan to Beersheba, and cry -- "Tis all barren." And so it is; and so is all the world to him who will not cultivate the fruit it offers.

"I declare," said I, clapping my hands cheerfully together, "that were I in a desert, I would find out wherewith in it to call forth my affections. If I could do no better, I would fasten them upon some sweet myrtle, or seek some melancholy cypress to connect myself to. I would court their shade, and greet them kindly for their protection. I would cut my name upon them, and swear they were the loveliest trees throughout the desert; if their leaves withered, I would teach myself to mourn; and when they rejoiced, I would rejoice along with them." Sterne. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

  I was reading some of Paul's sentiments toward his fellow believers and so I wove them into what I think it would look like if it were to an individual.

Together with these things, the most important part of our new life is to love each other. Love is what holds everything together in perfect unity.
For it is only right for me to feel this way about you, because I have you in my heart, For God is my witness, how I long for you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
For you know that I dealt with you as a father deals with his own child, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live your life worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.

My goal is that our hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself.
Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose, to do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard each another as more important than ourselves.

I hope I have proved to be gentle with you, as a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own child. Having so fond an affection for you, I am well pleased to share with you not only the good news of God but also my own life, because you have become very dear to me.

The goal of His command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith

You bring me honor and joy.

Taken from Colossians 3:14, Phil. 1:7-8, 1 Thess. 2:11-12, Co. 2:2, Phil. 2:1-3,

1 Thess. 2:7-8, 1 Tim. 1:5, 1 Thess. 2:11

Friday, June 16, 2017

"The merely worldly man, interred amid mean cares, doubts the majestic truths of religion, simply from their sublimity and vastness, which render them incommensurable with his poor fraction of a mind: let him go and do a few noble deeds, and elevate the proportions of his nature, and it is wonderful what might things seem to become possible: Deity is near and even present at once, and immortality not improbable." 
James Martineau.