— edited from The Interior or Hidden Life (1844) Part 1, Chapter 19.
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.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
When we are doubtful as to the character of the temptation, in other words, when we are doubtful whether the proposed action or feeling is wrong or not, we should be careful to lay the subject before God, and to wait for the instructions of the Holy Spirit, before indulging in the desire or action whatever it may be. We should remain where we are and do nothing, rather than run the hazard of doing wrong. The language of the Apostle is applicable in a case of this kind. "Whatsoever is not of faith [that is, is not done in the faith or belief of its lawfulness] is sin."