Thought for the Day : Wednesday 21 October

Thought for the Day by Heston Groenwald (All Hallows)

Readings: 2 Kings 18:13-37 and Philippians 2:1-13

These passages tempt me to write something hopeful about King Hezekiah- one of the few ‘good guys’ among the dodgy OT kings of Israel. (see also Josiah)

And these passages tempt me to write a lament about how few ‘good guys’ there are leading our nation and world at present. (maybe if more of the guys were girls….) ☺

But instead here is Fyodor Dostoevsky’s writing! with God’s answer to all our human power-grabbing, self-centredness, abuse, manipulation, jealousy, etc etc etc- none of which are limited to national leaders. For every one of us, in all our different situations and relationships, it’s as simple as this and as soul-searing as this: Have the same attitude as King Jesus, who did not regard power as something to be exploited, but humbled himself in love..

At some ideas you stand perplexed, especially at the sight of humans sins, uncertain whether to combat it by force or by humble love. Always decide, “I will combat it with humble love.” If you make up your mind about that once and for all, you can conquer the whole world. Loving humility is a terrible force; it is the strongest of all things and there is nothing like it

Dostoyevsky – The Brothers Karamazov

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