Tuesday March 1 :: How Often

New York City, Dave Heath (1962, American)image :: New York City, Dave Heath (1962, American)

“‘Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?’  Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times’.”

Matthew 18:21-22

No man knows how bad he is ‘til he has tried very hard to be good.

A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is. After all, you find out the strength of the German army by fighting it, not by giving in. A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness. They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in.

We never find out the strength of the evil impulse inside us until we try to fight it.

C.S. Lewis, 20th century

sound  :: Try, Boston Modern Orchestra Project (2014)

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