Christian life; a response with other retreat addresses and sermons

9781231238493: Christian life; a response with other retreat addresses and sermons

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. 1899 Excerpt: ...going through its mysterious changes--from the sense-life that tends to limit and enclose thought and love within the narrow world of our own momentary impressions, our little selfish hopes, fears, and disappointments. Think how we fret about outward bodily circumstances, difficulties of life, little personal complications--such as might make a plot for a play, and we could be amused at them if they concerned some other person's life instead of our own. But these little contradictions happening to ourselves, often avail to obstruct our whole view into eternity, into the infinite love of God. It is so hard to discipline our flesh, our lower nature, that in us which is worried, which is tortured by trifles, which tends to folly, that world of sensibilities which, unless it is brought under discipline, narrows our life and shuts us up in Self. 1 Sermon preached at the church of St. Mary and St. John, Oxford, on All Souls' Day, 1897. But the Blessed departed are delivered from all this sphere of temptation and fretting--from the senses which often blinded them to what is eternal. They have emigrated from this cloudy and narrow island, the prison of sense, and are for ever with the Lord. They live no longer to themselves, and to what is infinitely little and passing, but to the Lord; attaining continually an increasing participation in the greatness of God, and in the enjoyment of the liberty whereby Christ has set them free. All live unto Him. Is not that our chief joy in remembering our departed? They have not forsaken us; they are set free from themselves; dead to self now,--more and more perfectly dead continually to all that used to imprison their life and love; growing every day perhaps in the consciousness of their new liberty. Perhaps you have known what...

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