三 他如果缺少谦卑的心，就不能蒙三位一体上帝的喜悦。那深奥地讲解三位一体的道理，对你又有什么益处呢？其实，高言大论并不能使人成为圣洁和公义，只有道德的生活才能提高他在上帝面前的价值。我固然愿意明白悔罪的道理，但我更愿意获得悔罪的经验。全本圣经和一切哲学家的言论，即使你都能背诵，却没有领受上帝的爱 ( 林前 13 ： 2) ，得蒙上帝的恩，那对你又有什么益处呢？
五 “眼看，看不饱；耳听，听不足”（传 1 ： 8 ）。这句圣经应常记心中。所以你要转移那颗爱恋可见之物的心，而奔向那看不见的。因为随从肉欲的人，不但玷污了他们自己的良心，而且失掉了上帝的喜悦。
Imitating Christ and Despising All Vanities on Earth 2
What good does it do to speak learnedly about the Trinity if, lacking humility, you displease the Trinity? Indeed it is not learning that makes a man holy and just, but a virtuous life makes him pleasing to God. I would rather feel contrition than know how to define it. For what would it profit us to know the whole Bible by heart and the principles of all the philosophers if we live without grace and the love of God (1 Corinthians 13:2)? Vanity of vanities and all is vanity, except to love God and serve Him alone.
This is the greatest wisdom—to seek the kingdom of heaven through contempt of the world. It is vanity, therefore, to seek and trust in riches that perish. It is vanity also to court honor and to be puffed up with pride. It is vanity to follow the lusts of the body and to desire things for which severe punishment later must come. It is vanity to wish for long life and to care little about a well-spent life. It is vanity to be concerned with the present only and not to make provision for things to come. It is vanity to love what passes quickly and not to look ahead where eternal joy abides.
Often recall the proverb: “The eye is not satisfied with seeing nor the ear filled with hearing (Ecclesiastes 1:8)”. Try, moreover, to turn your heart from the love of things visible and bring yourself to things invisible. For they who follow their own evil passions stain their consciences and lose the grace of God.
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