This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 Excerpt: ... that you should obey His voice? for obedience is better than sacrifices, and to hearken than to offer the fat of rams." These words are of ...
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 Excerpt: ... that you should obey His voice? for obedience is better than sacrifices, and to hearken than to offer the fat of rams." These words are of great importance, for they show us that it is obedience before all things which can give any value to what we do, since even the acts of religion have nothing in themselves which can please God unless they are done through obedience. God therefore requires this virtue of us as the one which is most pleasing to Him, and which gives a particular merit to all the other virtues. To speak more clearly: by the other virtues man gives to God what he possesses, but he does not give himself; he keeps back that which God asks of him above everything else. But by obedience he gives himself, and he gives himself entirely, for what does a man refuse to God when he sacrifices to Him his liberty, and desires to depend only on Him for all things? But you may say, "If I desire to depend only on God, what need is there that I should obey a man? Is it not sufficient if I listen to the voice of Divine grace, and follow its interior inspirations?" My reply is, in the first place, that Divine grace and Divine inspiration would lead you to submit yourself to a man because this is the order established by God, Who in spiritual things as in temporal governs us through the ministry of men clothed with His authority. I reply, in the second place, that nothing is more dangerous or more exposed to delusion than to constitute ourselves judges as to what are Divine inspirations; and that we shall most certainly go astray if we take for the will of God or the voice of God any strange imaginations which rise up from our heart or pass through our mind. Finally I reply, that in all this there is evidently an insupportable pride, a presumpt...
This unobtrusive little book is full of inspiration and guidance. Every chapter has at least one tidbit that you can use every day to grow spiritually and 'advance in wisdom and age and grace'. The chapters are short, the book is very readable and the message is timeless.
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