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, July 30, 2015

Good For Evil

THEY DO NOT KNOW US. If they did,
They would not blame and smite us so.
To selfish hearts the light is hid,
And being blind, they cannot know.

Then let us not with anger burn,
Resembling thus our cruel foes;
But, when the cheek is smitten, turn
The other meekly to their blows.

With such forgiving words and deeds,
We claim the aid of that great Power,
Who knows His trusting people's needs,
And guards them in their trying hour.

God is thy battle's mighty arm;
God is thy great, victorious sword.
To him there comes nor fear nor harm,
Whose confidence is in the Lord.

Christ in the Soul (1872) XXXIII.

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