If a little is good, more is better. So we value people who can write and speak well. If I am going to obey something, however, I might want less information to work with rather than more. If information is going to help me obey, it’s because information helps to explore the truth in smaller portions.
It may be infinitely less evil to murder a man than to refuse to forgive him. The former may be a moment of passion: the latter is the heart’s choice. It is spiritual murder, the worst, to hate, to brood over the feeling that excludes, that, in our microcosm, kills the image, the idea of the hated.
Madeleine L’Engle, A Circle of Quiet, pages 157-158.
Not for years and years had Janet been to church; she had long been unable to walk so far; and having no book but the best, and no help to understand it but the highest, her faith was simple, strong, real, all-pervading. Day by day she pored over the great gospel—I mean just the good news according to Matthew and Mark and Luke and John—until she had grown to be one of the noble ladies of the kingdom of heaven—one of those who inherit the earth, and are ripening to see God. For the Master, and his mind in hers, was her teacher. She had little or no theology save what he taught her, or rather, what he is.
George MacDonald, The Day Boy and the Night Girl. Kindle Edition.
And the bond cannot be very close between father and child, when the father has forsaken his childhood. The bond between any two is the one in the other; it is the father in the child, and the child in the father, that reach to each other eternal hands.
George MacDonald, The Complete Fantasy Collection – The Day Boy and the Night Girl. Kindle Edition.
For its very survival’s sake, America must reexamine old presuppositions and release itself from things that for centuries have been held sacred. For the evils of racism, poverty and militarism to die, a new set of values must be born. Our economy must become more person-centered than property and profit-centered. Our government must depend more on its moral power than on its military power.
[God] expects not only worship, but obedience, justice, loyalty, faithfulness, holiness, righteousness, and love. In short, he wants us to be like him – that is one of the reasons he reveals what he is like.
Andrew Hill and John Walton, A Survey of the Old Testament
“Idolatry” is the practice of seeking the source and provision of what we need either physically or emotionally in someone or something other than the one true God. It is the tragically pathetic attempt to squeeze life out of lifeless forms that cannot help us meet our real needs.
Scott J. Hafemann, The God of Promise and the Life of Faith, page 35.
The recipients of God’s gifts honor him by obeying his commands as the outward display of their trust in the sufficiency of his grace. If follows then, as John Piper has put it so well, that “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.”
Scott J. Hafemann, The God of Promise and the Life of Faith, page 55.
“The church is growing because of persecution,” he continues. “I have hope again and I am satisfied, not because we have arrived – we haven’t; there’s lots to learn yet – but because we are alive again and growing and equipping the saints for the work of the Kingdom. We still have to be extremely careful every day, and there are dangers, but the sense of peace each day and hope for the future make all the rest seem like stepping stones to glory.”
Christopher Summers, People of Faith, Presence Magazine, Jan/Feb 2020, page 19.