Conflict vs. Harmony

When our hearts are set on obedience, we can be sure of the needed wisdom to tell the difference between a conflict and a harmony. It may be a slow and painful process.

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Unfailing Love

What they want they take, any way they can get it. Where do they learn this? Some of them, sadly, from their parents, who have shed the responsibility of marriage, home, and children for another “lifestyle,” another partner, another career, another bid for the happiness that will always elude them. If a mother or father, by behavior, says in effect, “It’s my life, this is what I want, the rest of you be damned,” their children will follow suit. Who shows them another way?

It would be foolish to deny that there are some pleasures along that road. There is plenty of what people call fun. There are thrills, gratifications, “experiences.”

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Living by Dying

The following quotation comes from Elisabeth Elliot’s book Passion and Purity (Revell, 2002), pp. 39-40. Her writing has greatly influenced my life, even as a grown married woman. I truly wish someone had introduced me to her works when I was a teenager, but I am learning that it is never too late to incorporate the principles she teaches: namely, that passion is not sinful and purity is not prudish. Nor are they mutually exclusive. You can have both.

 

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Unruly Affections

The following quotation comes from Elisabeth Elliot’s book Passion and Purity (Revell, 2002), pp. 33-34. Her writing has greatly influenced my life, even as a grown married woman. I truly wish someone had introduced me to her works when I was a teenager, but I am learning that it is never too late to incorporate the principles she teaches: namely, that passion is not sinful and purity is not prudish. Nor are they mutually exclusive. You can have both.

 

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Passion Is a Battleground

If there is an Enemy of Souls (and I have not the slightest doubt that there is), one thing he cannot abide is the desire for purity. Hence a man or woman’s passions become his battleground. The Lover of Souls does not prevent this. I was perplexed because it seemed to me He should prevent it, but He doesn’t. He wants us to learn to use our weapons.

Elisabeth Elliot, Passion and Purity (Revell, 2002), p. 28.

The Life I Owe

O Love, that wilt not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in Thee;
I give Thee back the life I owe,
That in Thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.

—George Matheson

“I give Thee back the life I owe” —owe? Why owe? It’s my life, isn’t it?

“Have you forgotten that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and is God’s gift to you, and that you are not the owner of your own body? You have been bought, and at a price!”

The sense of destiny: Someone has paid for me with blood. How the knowledge lifts my sights beyond the moment’s hot desire!

Elisabeth Elliot, Passion and Purity, (Revell, 2002), pp. 25-26

 

Absence

Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it enkindles the great.”

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Histoire Amoureuse des Gaules “Maximes d’Amours”