Sunday, December 28, 2008

Where the Spirit of the Lord is...

Now the Lord is the Spirit;
and where the Spirit of the Lord is,
there is liberty.
(2Co 3:17)

The following quote is from George H. Morrison (1866-1928).
I hope it blesses you as it blesses me.
TS_RO2008_0602BHImage by RogelSM via Flickr

"It is not freedom to do just as we please
in defiance of all the laws that girdle us.
[T]he paradox of Christianity is this,
that [freedom] comes through obedience to Christ.

Think of the schoolgirl practicing her music.
Is not that the weariest of bondage?
Is this the happy face we saw so lately,
flushed with the eager merriment of play?

But set down the musical genius at the instrument,
and get him to interpret some great master,
and the thoughts which he utters are the master's thoughts,
and yet he is magnificently free.

The child is in bondage, the genius is at liberty.
The child is unnatural; the genius is himself.
The child is slaving under an outward law.
The genius has the spirit of the master.

And 'if any man have not the spirit of Christ,'
then, says the Scripture, 'he is none of His.'"

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Mary Moss said...

What a great quote. Thank you! Kind of reminds me of the easy yoke and light burden Christ talks about--truly a paradox:-)

Laurie M. said...

Just beautiful! Oh for more of that freedom!

LauraLee Shaw said...

wow, glorious stuff there! Love it.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I want to be a genius at the keys of God's masterpiece, playing him at whim and at will with the delight and applause of others. Not because of my gifts, but because my obedience to the gift has yielded God's intended all along.

Love this, Betsy. Happy New Year.


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