🌟🕊 Imitation: Book 3, chapter 13
Of the obedience of a humble heart;
after the example of Jesus Christ
Son, he who strives to withdraw himself
from obedience withdraws himself from grace,
and he that seeks particular privileges
loses such as are in common,
He who does not freely and willingly
submit himself to his superior
shows that his flesh is not as yet perfectly obedient,
but instead is often rebellious.
Learn then to submit yourself readily
to your superior,
if you desire to subdue your own flesh.
For sooner is the exterior enemy overcome,
if the inward man be not laid waste,
there is not a more troublesome
or worrisome enemy to the soul than yourself
when you are not agreeing with the spirit.
You must in earnest conceive a true contempt
of yourself, if you will prevail against flesh
and blood, because as yet,
you love yourself too inordinately;
therefore do you fear to resign yourself
entirely to the will of others.
But what great matter is this,
if you who are but dust and a mere nothing,
submit yourself to man for God's sake,
when I the Almighty, and the Most High,
Who created all things out of nothing for thy sake,
humbly subjected Myself to man.
I became the most humble and the most abject
of all men, that you might overcome your pride.
Learn O dust, to obey;
learn to humble yourself,
and how to bow under the feet of all.
Learn to break your own will,
and yield yourself up to all subjection.
“The Imitation of Christ,”
Thomas a Kempis
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