Romans 11:33-36

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Tuesday Mornings with Augustine

Proverbs 21:21

Desired Glory

Let the desire for glory be surpassed by the love of righteousness. When our love of glory exceeds the fear or love of God in our heart, it becomes an evil that is hostile to faith. The Lord said, “How can ye believe, who look for glory from one another, and do not seek the glory which is from God alone?”

The holy apostles proclaimed the name of Christ where it was only discredited and neglected…. Even amidst curses, accusations, persecutions, and cruel treatment, they weren’t deterred from preaching human salvation by the noise of human anger. As they spoke about and did godly things and lived godly lives, they conquered hard hearts and introduced them to the peace of righteousness.

Then great glory followed them in the church of Christ. They didn’t rest in that reward as the goal of their holiness. They referred the glory to God. For by His grace they were what they were. Therefore, they sought to kindle minds to love God. By Him these people could be made to be what the apostles were.

Readings taken from Day by Day with the Early Church Fathers


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