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03 May 2006 @ 12:52 pm
A light shining darkly  
“To love a person means to see him as God intended him to be.” ~Dostoevsky

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A quote by Helmur Thielicke:

“When Jesus loved a guilt-laden person and helped him, he saw in him an erring child of God. He saw in him a human being whom his Father loved and grieved over because he was going wrong. He saw him as God originally designed and meant him to be, and therefore he saw through the surface layer of grime and dirt to the real man underneath. Jesus did not identify the person with his sin, but rather saw in this sin something alien, something that really did not belong to him, something that merely chained and mastered him and from which he would free him and bring him back to his real self. Jesus was able to love men because he loved them right through the layer of mud.”
 
 
 
Jennifer: [narnia] peter - battlealthene on May 3rd, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC)
Wow, how true. ♥

Thanks so much for sharing this, Lauren. I'm definitely going to put this under my memories. :)
albeit_bygones on May 3rd, 2006 07:44 pm (UTC)
Yay! You're welcome, Jennifer dear! I'm so glad it touched you too. I read it last night, and I just thought it was so wonderful and a good lesson for us all on how we should see others too. :) I'm reading What's So Amazing About Grace? by Philip Yancey, and a lot of sure sends your mind whirling ~ some of it just really sends my mind into confusions. It's a humbling read to be sure. :|
Jennifer: [narnia] pevensies _ kings and queensalthene on May 12th, 2006 04:46 am (UTC)
I just thought it was so wonderful and a good lesson for us all on how we should see others too. :)
Yeah, definitely. :)

Oh, Philip Yancey! I've heard of him. :) I'm going to put the book on my list of books to read. Hopefully I'll be able to snag a copy and read it over the summer. :D