The Formation Of Christian Character; A Contribution To Christian Ethics

Paperback | January 31, 2012

byWilliam Straton Bruce

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XI The Christian Culture Of Self, Or SelfDevelopment We have, in the previous chapters, been looking at the first great necessity of the moral and spiritual life, the subjection of the powers and sensibilities to reason and conscience. This is the negative side of the duty of self-discipline. Its end is not to eradicate any faculty or annihilate a single part of our constitution, but only to prune hurtful growths, and to make all our faculties and talents tributary to the one great end, the formation of Christian character. A chaotic life unorganised and at the beck of every stray desire, would be a life of uselessness and of unhappiness. The sentient, impulsive self must be disciplined and brought under the control of a Christian conscience. The senses must learn to obey and must cease to govern. If the true self, the proper personality, is to be in vigorous health, the egoistic self must be slain. We must " die to live." But the Christian man whose life is one of continual repression, will not attain to the beauty and rounded completeness of Christian character. The good man reaches after something more than negative virtue. He aims at the full freedom of faith and love. He desires to embody in his personality positive graces. The expulsive power of a new affection is his, for he is not under the law, but under grace. Christian character is not a straitjacket, only to restrain from wrong-doing; it is reached through the free development of all our God-given faculties. The life of repression is the life of fudaism, unlovely, restrained. The life of freedom is the Christian life. It breathes the mountain air of communion. It speaks of the large liberty of love. It lives and moves in God. It delights to do His will, and desires to be evermore posse...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XI The Christian Culture Of Self, Or SelfDevelopment We have, in the previous chapters, been looking at the first grea...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217295010

ISBN - 13:9780217295017

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