For Lent: Power and love and self-control

March 20, 2009

. . .in reliance on God one dares to venture everything.  Venture it, then, you who became unfaithful to yourself and to your resolution, you who, thereby enfeebled like a childish old man, now drag along without ever trusting in the restitution of the resolution; venture to renew your resolution – it will certainly raise you up again in trust in God, who gives a spirit of power and of love and of self-control!  Venture it, you who threw off the chain of resolution and now may be boasting of your freedom like a released prisoner.  Venture to understand that this pride of yours is cowardliness; turn yourself in again so that justice may again bind you in the service of the resolution; venture it in trust in God, who will give a spirit of power and of love and of self-control!  Venture it, you who once humbled yourself under God in the good resolution but made a mistake and in your own eyes and in the eyes of others became so very important to the good; venture it again in order to become nothing before God — he will surely give you a spirit of power, of love, and of self-control!

— Søren Kierkegaard, “Against Cowardliness”,
from Four Upbuilding Discourses (1844).

One Response to “For Lent: Power and love and self-control”

  1. Janet Says:

    That is truly wonderful.
    AMDG, Janet


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