By PAT HUTCHENS, A rework of Imitation of Messiah by Thomas A. Kempis—
Whenever a person wants anything too much, immediately he or she becomes restless. People who allow pride and greed to rule their lives never get enough. Coveting and inordinate affections lead to agitation and bondage. However, even a poor person with humility before God has peace.
• The person who has not learned how to die to self will is easily tempted, and quickly loses his temper when things don’t go his way. He even loses composure over insignificant matters.
• It is so hard for a person who is weak in spirit and so focused on what his body and mind want to withdraw from worldly pleasures. Because of this, when he does try to discipline himself, he is often sad. He easily gets mad or sulks when others don’t want to do what he says.
• If you live by the motto, “If it feels good, do it,” know that it never feels good for long. The conscience weighs heavier and heavier until there is no peace at all in life. Sometimes this person goes on so long in self will and self gratification, the conscience is “seered,” which causes confusion as to what is right or wrong. In the end what one gives himself to becomes his master.
• True peace of mind and heart is not found in giving in to passion, but in resisting the pleasure principle by yielding to God. Be sure of this – there is no lasting peace in a carnal life. As a matter of fact, if you want peace, it is not found on the outside at all, but on the inside where God and the Holy Spirit live and reign. Here is where you will find and understand the great mystery of “The Anointed One (Messiah) in you,” the very “hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).
A rework of Imitation of Messiah by Brother Thomas A. Kempis