Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Quote of the Week

Desires are the spiritual pulse of the soul, always beating to and fro and showing the temper of it; they are therefore the characters of a Christian and show more truly what he is than his actions do

8 comments:

Halfmom, AKA, Susan said...

Exceptionally convicting given what I was thinking that I'd like to do today rather than work. Ouch!

How are your parents?

Ted M. Gossard said...

I agree but I'd like to quibble a little with the good Puritan, since for example, the book of James and other passages do make so much out of our speech and actions. They are indicators of what's in our heart.

So both are important, I think, Biblically, when we consider our lives.

Ted M. Gossard said...

I don't mean to pick on your quote, but just blogged on the tongue today, and Scot McKnight in his blog "Jesus Creed" is doing a fine series on James and is on James and the tongue right now. So this quote kind of reminded me of that. Sibbes has a good point, of course.

And do hope your parents might be doing better.

Every Square Inch said...

Susan - thanks for your honesty

Ted - I always welcome your thoughtful quibbling. I think he's making the point, that even when we appear to do the "right thing" from our actions, our desires, if they were to be publicly known, would betray us.

Halfmom, AKA, Susan said...

I think that is exactly what he is saying, ESI. I can choose to do the right thing rather than listening to my desires but my desires reveal my heart.

Perhaps you didn't see my question - are you still with your parents? How are they?

mark said...

correct my confusion:

i took this quote to be a re-hash of Paul's Romans argument that 'i do not do what i desire to do'.

HALFMOM said...

Hi ESI - letting you know that I've migrated the blog back over to the original. You'll find the hyperlink on the old one until you get used to this.

Still in my prayers!

Every Square Inch said...

mark - when it comes to a quote, it's often hard to tell what the person intended. However, I think it's more than just the rehashing of Rom 7. It's an affirmation that often our desires are more reflective of us than simply what we do. Yes, actions matter but sometimes we can appear to do the right thing but actually be wrongly motivated.