Friday, November 6, 2009

The Limits of Submission

"The limits of the Discipline of submission are at the points at which it becomes destructive."  Foster points out that when the practice violates Jesus' law of love then the discipline has morphed into something very different.

Martyrdom and "playing the martyr" are opposite sides of the same coin.  We must always remember that the act is not the discipline. The act combined with the proper attitude and the will of God sanctifies the action.  The Discipline of submission must always begin with submission to God.  That is the starting place for all of the Christian disciplines.

Oh, that more of us pressed the limits of the Disciplines.  More often than not, the only extremity pressed in my practice of the disciplines is how little time and energy I can actually put into them.  God give me the grace to do as I should.

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