— from A Treatise on Divine Union (1851) Part 5, Chapter 6.
The life of those who dwell in the secret place of the Most High may be called a Hidden Life, because the animating principle, the vital or operative element, is not so much in itself as in another. It is a life grafted into another life. It is the life of the soul, incorporated into the life of Christ; and in such a way, that, while it has a distinct vitality, it has so very much in the sense, in which the branch of a tree may be said to have a distinct vitality from the root.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Denying Ourselves Even in Good Things
We should deny ourselves, and bring our wills into subjection, even in good things. It is naturally expected of the Christian, that he will have in hand many little designs and purposes of good in behalf of his neighbor. This is well, but evil will come of it, if, in connection with his good designs, he indulge in strong and precipitate desires in bringing them to pass. His will, by being brought into harmony with Providence, must be subjected here as elsewhere.