Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Our Law

Our Law

At present our righteousness comes from faith, it is a beginning which the Spirit gives us.  It starts when we acknowledge our evil deeds when we no longer try to justify our sins, but it will only reach perfection when death is swallowed up in victory. At the moment we are still in the midst of the battle: we fight and are ourselves wounded. Who will win, we ask ourselves. Brethren, the victor is he who when he fights relies on God who is urging him on, not on his own strength.  The devil is skilled in warfare, but if God is with us we shall defeat him.  He fights on his own - if we try to do the same he will win. He is an experienced tactician, so call on the Almighty against him. Let the unconquerable one dwell in you, and you will defeat him who usually conquers. Whom does he conquer? Those whose hearts are empty of God.

Love is the fullness of God's law, and the end of his commandments. We have not been given a law which threatens us from outside, but the law or righteousness written in our hearts.

St Augustine --- The Heart at Rest


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