Wednesday, August 16, 2006

A word on becoming the real self

Becoming our real self

George MacDonald

The man who does not house self has room to be his real self – God’s eternal idea of him. He lives eternally. In virtue of the creative power present in him with moment by moment unimpeded creation, he is.

How should there be in him one thought of ruling or commanding or surpassing? He can imagine no bliss, no good in being greater than someone else. He is unable to wish himself other than he is, except more what God made him for, which is indeed the highest willing of the will of God.

His brother’s well-being is essential to his bliss. The thought of standing higher in the favor of God than his brother would make him miserable. He would lift every brother and sister to the embrace of the Father.

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for they are of the same spirit as God, and by nature the kingdom of heaven is theirs.

George MacDonald, Knowing the Heart of God, 185.

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