Continuation on John 15:4. “Some may say: “Truly this is a very delightful state of feeling, but how can we obtain it? How shall we begin?”
We answer, just in the same way that a sinner begins the Christian life – by coming to the Savior and making a full, free, and hearty surrender of his body, soul, and spirit; fully resolved in the future to resign the whole to the Redeemer’s direction. And having made this general surrender, make it also in particular…to every circumstance of every day.
Let us imagine a day spent on this principle. You awake in the morning, and commend yourself to Christ’s care for the day. The first temptation that besets you may lead you to a waste of time. Say immediately: “Lord, assist me in this temptation.” The next may be a temptation to be irritated. Cast yourself again on Christ for this. A few hours after, you may be tempted to censorious remarks on some neighbor. Cast yourself upon Jesus. A while after you may perhaps forget yourself and give utterance to some hasty or ill-judged expression. Turn instantly to Christ, confess your fault, and ask further help. If you find yourself beset with uncommon difficulties and temptations, and in danger of forgetting what manner of spirit you are of, steal from your occupation…for a few moments, and ask help of Jesus.
A direction of great importance to one who would live this life, is this: in your sins, troubles and temptations, make no distinction between great and little things.”
Harriet Beecher Stowe (Edited by Sherman Driver)
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