#myhumblereads: Mere Christianity

1) Relations between man and man

2) Things inside each man

3) The relations between man and the power that made him.

“We might think that provided you did the right thing, it did not matter how or why you did it — whether you did it willingly or unwillingly, sulkily or cheerfully, through fear of public opinion or for its own sake. But the truth is that right actions done for the wrong reasons do not help to build the internal quality or character that really matters.”

One of my recent revelations are also close to what Lewis mentions about. I have been thinking about how sometimes we see how a particular person is able to e.g speak well, speak confidently right. And, we think to ourselves, wow! This is the right way to be doing and learning public speaking. This is the skill and personality I want to be build up. Yet, who knows, this person whom I just admired could be doing these public speaking for the so-called wrong reasons, perhaps trying to impress and make someone feel bad about themselves intentionally or trying to prove themselves right. In summary, we might externally feel impressed by someone’s behaviour or actions but its root internally is evil and ugly, out of pride, greed, jealously, envy etc.

“The terrible thing, the almost impossible thing, is to hand over your whole self-all your wishes and precautions to Christ. But it is far easier than what we are all trying to do instead. For what we are trying to do is to remain what we call ‘ourselves’, to keep personal happiness as our great aim in life, and yet at the same time be ‘good’. We are all trying to let our mind and heart go their own way-centred on money or pleasure or ambition-and hoping, in spite of this, to behave honestly and chastely and humbly.”

“And that is exactly what Christ warned us you could not do. As He said, a thistle cannot produce figs. If I am a field that contains nothing but grass-seed, I cannot produce wheat. Cutting the grass may keep it short: but I shall still produce grass and no wheat. If I want to produce wheat, the change must go deeper than the surface. I must be ploughed up and re-sown.”

How to find yourself, who am I:



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