January 26, May 27, September 26
Chapter 7: On Humility
The first degree of humility, then,
is that a person keep the fear of God before his eyes
and beware of ever forgetting it.
Let him be ever mindful of all that God has commanded;
let his thoughts constantly recur
to the hell-fire which will burn for their sins
those who despise God,
and to the life everlasting which is prepared
for those who fear Him.
Let him keep himself at every moment from sins and vices,
whether of the mind, the tongue, the hands, the feet,
or the self-will,
and check also the desires of the flesh.
Here’s a question: do you fear God? Do you, like I, wonder what is meant by this expression? Fear God? God the lover, consoler, healer, comforter, giver of gifts, provider? What is there to fear in that?
Or is it that I am a little too Episcopalian and don’t take sin seriously enough?