When to Doubt Your Religion

Hugh Black (March 26, 1868 – April 6, 1953) was a Scottish-American theologian and author. He was quoted in my daily devotional reading.

“We have cause to suspect our religion if it does not make us gentle, and forbearing and forgiving; if the love of our Lord does not so flood our hearts as to cleanse them of all bitterness, and spite, and wrath. If a man is nursing anger, if he is letting his mind become a nest of foul passions, malice, and hatred, and evil wishing, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

For more about forgiveness see:

The Opportunity of Forgiveness

A World Without Forgiveness

Forgiveness: It Does a Body Good

Some Quotes on the Fruit of the Spirit

“We have cause to suspect our religion if it does not make us gentle, and forbearing, and forgiving;  if the love of our Lord does not so flood our hearts as to cleanse them of all bitterness, and spite, and wrath.  If a man is nursing anger, if he is letting his mind become a nest of foul passions, malice, and hatred and evil wishing, how dwelleth the love of God in him?”

Hugo Black

 

“The worst kinds of unhappiness, as well as the greatest amount of it,come from our conduct to each other. If our conduct,therefore, were under the control of kindness, it would be nearly the opposite of what it is, and so the state of the world would be almost reversed.  We are for the most part unhappy because the world is an unkind world.  But the world is only unkind for the lack of kindness in us units who compose it.”d

Frederick Wm. Faber

 

“Let nothing disturb thee; Let nothing dismay thee; All things pass; God never changes. Patience attains all that it strives for. He who has God Finds he lacks nothing: God alone suffices.”

St. Teresa of Avila

For more on the fruit of the Spirit see these posts:

Dietrich Bonhoeffer on the Fruit of the Spirit

Martin Luther on the Fruit of the Spirit

A Fruit We All Need — Self Control