27 July 2010

Holiness and Love

Apologist Francis Schaeffer used to say that in our relationships with others it is relatively easy to show either the holiness of God or the love of God. It is quite easy to be either coldly uncompromising against sin or warmly tolerant of it. But what is difficult--and in fact what is impossible without the work of the Holy Spirit--is to show both God's holiness and love at the same time.
--Dick Keyes, Chameleon Christianity: Moving Beyond Safety and Conformity (Baker 1999; Wipf & Stock 2003), 22

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