Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Character transformed by the influence of our fellowships


"Character is transformed by the influence of our fellowships. No man can become good merely by trying. A deepening character is generally the unconscious result of consciously chosen influences. Find a friend, believe in him and love him; see a great cause and give yourself to its work; feel the power of a book and saturate yourself with its spirit; find a brotherhood of spirits like yours in aspiration and join it; and loving your friend, serving your cause, absorbing your book, and co-operating with your brotherhood, do not think too much about your own character, for your character will take care of itself. You cannot choose to be Christ-like and attain your choice by trying; but you can choose Christ for your Friend, His Kingdom for your cause, the Bible for your Book, the Ecclesia for your Brotherhood, and these consciously chosen influences will unconsciously transform your life."

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"The Manhood of the Master" (1913) - Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969)

"We all, with unveiled face reflecting as a mirror the glory of the Lord,
are transformed into the same image from glory to glory,
even as from the Lord the Spirit"
2 Corinthians 3:18
Dutch translation / Nederlandse vertaling > Karakter omgezet door de invloed van onze omgang