The Week In Words

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Welcome to The Week In Words, where we share quotes from the last week’s reading. If something you read this past week  inspired you, caused you to laugh, cry, think, dream, or just resonated with you in some way, please share it with us, attributing it to its source, which can be a book, newspaper, blog, Facebook — anything that you read. More information is here.

Here are a few that spoke to me this week:

This was quoted in an Elisabeth Elliot devotional, taken from a chapter in All That Was Ever Ours titled, “Fear, Suffering, Love”:

There are tenderhearted people who virtually object to the whole scheme of creation. They would neither have force used nor pain suffered; they talk as if kindness could do everything, even where it is not felt. Millions of human beings but for suffering would never develop an atom of affection. The man who would spare due suffering is not wise. Because a thing is unpleasant, it is folly to conclude it ought not to be. There are powers to be born, creations to be perfected, sinners to be redeemed, through the ministry of pain, to be born, perfected, redeemed, in no other way. ~ George MacDonald, What’s Mine’s Mine.

So true — I would rather there were no suffering, but God has His purposes in it and there are things accomplished through it.

I saw this on someone’s blogs after a series of one link leading to another:

While I regarded God as a tyrant I thought my sin a trifle; But when I knew Him to be my Father, then I mourned that I could ever have kicked against Him. When I thought God was hard, I found it easy to sin; but when I found God so kind, so good, so overflowing with compassion, I smote upon my breast to think that I could ever have rebelled against One who loved me so, and sought my good. ~ C. H. Spurgeon

It was the thought of God’s anger and punishment for my sin that made me aware of my need, but it was His love that drew me to Him for salvation.

From Robin Lee Hatcher’s Facebook about lessons from Exodus:

When God speaks to a responsive heart, it melts. When God speaks to an unresponsive heart, it hardens.

And back to Elisabeth Elliot again, this time from “As We Forgive Those….” from Love Has a Price Tag:

To forgive is to die. It is to give up one’s right to self, which is precisely what Jesus requires of anyone who wants to be his disciple.

“If anyone wants to follow in my footsteps, he must give up all right to himself, carry his cross every day and keep close behind me. For the man who wants to save his life will lose it, but the man who loses his life for my sake will save it.”

Following Christ means walking the road he walked, and in order to forgive us he had to die. His follower may not refuse to relinquish his own right, his own territory, his own comfort, or anything that he regards as his. Forgiveness is relinquishment. It is a laying down. No one can take it from us, any more than anyone could take the life of Jesus if he had not laid it down of his own will. But we can do as he did. We can offer it up, writing off whatever loss it may entail, in the sure knowledge that the man who loses his life or his reputation or his “face” or anything else for the sake of Christ will save it.

And that’s why it is so hard. 🙂 But the remembrance of His forgiveness of me helps me to forgive others — whatever they did to me is much less than my sin against Him.

If you’ve read anything that particularly spoke to you that you’d like to share, please either list it in the comments below or write a post on your blog and then put the link to that post (not your general blog link) in Mr. Linky below. I do ask that only family-friendly quotes be included. I hope you’ll visit some of the other participants as well and glean some great thoughts to ponder.

And please — feel free to comment even if you don’t have quotes to share!

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11 thoughts on “The Week In Words

  1. Pingback: WiW: Great Expectations « bekahcubed

  2. WOW…You have some great ones today…painful in a good way. I messed up your mr. linky and linked my last week post that I included in my today’s WIW post. I’m sorry…maybe you could delete the last week post…Hugs…again…thank you for hosting this!!

  3. You’re hitting heavy today, Barbara. “The Ministry of pain.” Definitely something we spend too much time trying to avoid. I love your words from George MacDonald:
    “The man who would spare due suffering is not wise. Because a thing is unpleasant, it is folly to conclude it ought not to be.”

    It reminds me of a book that I’ve been meaning to reread by Paul Brand and Philip Yancey: “Pain: The Gift Nobody Wants.”

    And this was another killer sentence (no pun intended):
    “To forgive is to die.”

    Thanks for the challenges! Only by grace…

  4. I’ve had a bunch of pain, and in fact, live with a good bit of it. I truly don’t understand WHY. However, I know that God is in charge, and I trust Him.

    I remember a quote from Dobson (I think)
    Some people ask “Why?” but I ask “Why not?”

  5. Sally, I came across this somewhere:

    Someone asked C. S. Lewis, “Why do the righteous suffer?” “Why not?” he replied. “They’re the only ones who can take it.”

  6. I love that Robin Lee Hatcher quote. I think it really clarifies the question of whether Pharaoh hardened his own heart or whether God hardened Pharaoh’s heart. The answer, of course, is “yes”–but I think Hatcher’s comment serves as a how that can be true. The same truth that brings a regenerated man to repentance hardens the heart of an unregenerate man. God hardened Pharaoh’s heart–but not against Pharaoh’s will. “When God speaks to a responsive heart, it melts. When God speaks to an unresponsive heart, it hardens.” Good stuff!

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