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.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Divided Loyalty

Matthew 16:26

One who delights in the world, who is enticed by flattering and deceiving earthly pleasures wants to remain in the world a long time. Since the world hates Christians, why do you love that which hates you? And why don't you follow Christ instead, who both redeemed you and loves you?

John, in his epistle, cries and urges us not to follow fleshly desires and love the world. "Love not the world," he says, "neither the things which are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world is the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, which is not of the Father, but of the lust of the world. And the world shall pass away, and the lust thereof; but he who doeth the will of God abideth for ever, even as God abideth for ever."

Instead, beloved, let us be prepared for the will of God with a sound mind, a firm faith, and strong virtue. Laying aside the fear of death, let us think on the eternal life to come. Through this knowledge, let us demonstrate that we are what we believe. Then we won't delay or resist the Lord on the day He calls us to Himself.

Readings taken from Day by Day with the Early Church Fathers


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