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Hard Hearts

Clement of Alexandria | March 18

Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. —Psalm 2:12

“The Lord, with constant diligence, appeals, terrifies, urges, rouses, and reproves.”

Feast of Simon the Pharisee: Rubens

O the enormous evil of being ashamed of the Lord! He offers freedom; you flee into bondage. He grants salvation; you sink down into destruction. He gives everlasting life; you wait for punishment and prefer the fire of the Lord “has prepared for the devil and his angels.” Therefore the blessed apostle Paul says, “I testify in the Lord, that ye walk no longer as the Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their minds; having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their hearts, who, being past feeling have given themselves over to lustfulness, to work all uncleanness and lewdness.”. . . The Lord, with constant diligence, appeals, terrifies, urges, rouses, and reproves. Therefore, don’t let anyone despise Jesus, for fear that he unwittingly despise himself. For the Scripture says, “Today, if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts.” . . . Why, then, should we keep exchanging grace for wrath, not receive the Word with open ears, or entertain God as a guest in a pure heart? For His promise is full of grace, “if today we hear His voice.” So, then, those who believe and obey will receive grace superabundantly.

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