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Friday, March 25, 2016

Good Friday reflection.



THE IMITATION OF CHRIST BOOK III CHAPTER XIII


Of the obedience of one in lowly subjection after the example of Jesus Christ


“My Son, he who striveth to withdraw himself from obedience,

withdraweth himself also from grace, and he who seeketh private

advantages, loseth those which are common unto all. If a man

submit not freely and willingly to one set over him, it is a sign

that his flesh is not yet perfectly subject to himself, but

often resisteth and murmureth. Learn therefore quickly to submit

thyself to him who is over thee, if thou seekest to bring thine

own flesh into subjection. For the outward enemy is very quickly

overcome if the inner man have not been laid low. There is no

more grievous and deadly enemy to the soul than thou art to

thyself, if thou art not led by the Spirit. Thou must not

altogether conceive contempt for thyself, if thou wilt prevail

against flesh and blood. Because as yet thou inordinately lovest

thyself, therefore thou shrinkest from yielding thyself to the

will of others.


2. “But what great thing is it that thou, who art dust and

nothingness, yieldest thyself to man for God’s sake, when I, the

Almighty and the Most High, who created all things out of

nothing, subjected Myself to man for thy sake? I became the most

humble and despised of men, that by My humility thou mightest

overcome thy pride. Learn to obey, O dust! Learn to humble

thyself, O earth and clay, and to bow thyself beneath the feet of

all. Learn to crush thy passions, and to yield thyself in all

subjection.


3. “Be zealous against thyself, nor suffer pride to live within

thee, but so show thyself subject and of no reputation, that all

may be able to walk over thee, and tread thee down as the clay in

the streets. What hast thou, O foolish man, of which to

complain? What, O vile sinner, canst thou answer those who

speak against thee, seeing thou hast so often offended God, and

many a time hast deserved hell? But Mine eye hath spared thee,

because thy soul was precious in My sight; that thou mightest

know My love, and mightest be thankful for My benefits; and that

thou mightest give thyself altogether to true subjection and

humility, and patiently bear the contempt which thou meritest.”

2 comments:

Michael said...

Thank you for sharing this, Shirley. I hope you had a very Blessed Easter!

Marilena Fenn said...

I am reading this, and find it absolutely wonderful. I am so glad it was gifted to me. :)