Being and Doing – 13 April – The Ennobling Influence of Love
JESUS said: ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.’
S. MATT. xxii.37
WHICH of us does not know that the old law, ‘Thou shalt not,’ is weak through the flesh? Which of us does not recognise that the source of man’s sin is the self in him which sets itself up as an end to itself; that so long, therefore, as his eyes are fixed on himself, even though it be on his own virtue, or his own goodness, he is and must be, in the reason of things, fatally weak? And that, therefore, Christ has placed the fulcrum that was to lift up man’s nature, outside himself in the principle of faith, made that fulcrum rest, not on self-virtue, but on love – love to God and love to his fellow-man,-something, as we say, that takes him out of himself? Which of us has not felt a sin that we have gone on carelessly yielding to when only our own character was at stake, become impossible to us when we were made to realise that it involved injury to another, love overcoming where virtue was weak?
These quotes are from ‘Being and Doing’ A selection of helpful thoughts from various authors arranged for daily reading.
Collected by Constance M Whishaw and first published in 1908 for members of the Being and Doing Guild whose object is to do all they can for the relief of suffering and misery.
Most of the writers are 19th Century Christians from Britain and Europe who were committed to living their faith through deeds as well as words – Being AND Doing.
For many years these words have kept me company and encouraged me on the journey of faith. I hope they will encourage others also.