Now is the Time


Mercy: Sharon Cummings

It would be absurd to grasp for money but throw away your health, or to cleanse your body lavishly but neglect cleansing your soul. It is ridiculous to seek for freedom from earthly slavery but not care about heavenly freedom, or to zealously do good to others without wanting to do good to yourself. It is foolish to eagerly try to dress and live extrava­gantly, but never consider how you yourself could become precious. If you could buy goodness, you wouldn’t spare any money. But when mercy is offered freely at your feet, you despise it for its cheapness. Every moment is fitting to cleanse yourself, because you may die at any moment. With Paul, I shout to you with his loud voice, “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” Now doesn’t point to a specific time, but is every present moment. Also, “Awake, thou that sleepest, and Christ shall give thee light.” He will dispel the darkness of sin. For as Isaiah says, it is terrifying to receive hope at night, but prof­itable to receive it in the morning.

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