TIOC 1:6

08 Feb

Of Inordinate Affections

When a man desired anything inordinately, he is at once unquiet in himself. The proud and covetous man never has rest, but the humble man and the poor in spirit live in great abundance of rest and peace. A man not mortified to himself is easily tempted and overcome by little and small temptations. And he who is weak in spirit and is yet somewhat carnal and inclined to worldly desires; when he does withdraw himself from them, he often has great grief and heaviness of heart and rebels if ay man resists him. And if he obtains what he desires, he is disquieted by remorse of conscience, for he has followed his passion which has not helped at all in winning the peace he desired. By resisting passion, and not by following it, the truest peace of heart is won. There is, therefore, no peace in the heart of a carnal man or in the heart of a man who gives himself all to outward things. But in the heart of spiritual men and women who have their delight in God great peace and inward quiet are found.


Posted by on February 8, 2011 in Imitation Tuesdays


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5 responses to “TIOC 1:6

  1. heather joy

    February 8, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    I’m not exactly sure why, but this reminded me of “Calvary Love” by Amy Carmichael.

    Here’s a link if you’ve never read it before:

    I don’t know why they left it off, but the last line of it is actually:
    “That which I know not, teach Thou me, O Lord, my God.”

    • danielpulliam

      February 8, 2011 at 11:46 pm

      I’ve never read it. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks!

      • heather joy

        February 10, 2011 at 1:03 pm

        I’ve actually thought about doing a series with this on Grow Up! — take one paragraph per post and run with it.
        I’ll probably dive into it more once I finish up the Confessions series.

    • danielpulliam

      February 8, 2011 at 11:47 pm

      okay, just read the opening line, and have decided to stop and meditate on just that part for now… “If I can easily discuss the shortcomings and the sins of any;
      If I can speak in a casual way even of a child’s misdoings,
      Then I know nothing of Calvary love.”

  2. heather joy

    February 10, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Exactly. It’s one of my favorite things to meditate on other than Scripture. That, and the poem “My Advocate” by Martha Snell Nicholson.


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