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The genuine balance of the believer

We cannot rightly acknowledge the gifts of God unless we acknowledge the Mediator for whose sake alone they are given to us.  There can be no genuine thanksgiving for the blessings of nation, family, history and nature without that heart-felt penitence which gives the glory to Christ alone above all else.  There can be no real attachment to the given creation, no genuine responsibility in the world, unless we recognize the breach which already separates us from it.  There can be no genuine love of the world except the love wherewith God loved it in Jesus Christ.  “Love not the world” (1 John 2:15).  Yes, but we must also remember that “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). — Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

The path of the believer is always to Christ, everything must be seen through Christ.  Through Him,With Him, In Him.

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