Flesh vs Spirit in His Work


“It is always a dangerous and paralyzing thing to allow soulish human feelings to come in and take precedence over the Spirit in relationships where spiritual help is needed. Compassion, love, sympathy, concern, interest, desire to help, etc., must be absolutely under the control and direction of the Spirit...If we allow either natural attraction or human desire on the one hand, or natural repulsion and human distaste on the other, to have any ruling place, the consequences may be disastrous, and the result will certainly be spiritual failure. Very often even in the case of a loved relative the human interest has to be made quite secondary--sometimes even ruled out altogether--before a spiritual issue can be effected. OUR will and wish has to be surrendered to God’s.”

(T. Austin-Sparks)

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