“There is such a way of living with, or in Christ, that watchfulness, prayer, devotion, patience, gentleness, meekness, become so many sweet and spontaneous impulses, instead of labored acquisitions, and this is true freedom.
The figure which Christ uses in John 15:4 illustrates this idea: “As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine, no more can ye, except ye abide in Me.” Now how does a branch bear fruit? Not by incessant effort for sunshine and air; not by vain struggles for those vivifying influences which give beauty to the blossom, and verdure to the leaf – it simply abides in the vine, in silent and undisturbed union; and the fruit and blossoms appear as of spontaneous growth.”
Harriet Beecher Stowe
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