The Cruciform Life Requires a “Drastic Conversion”

“The diagnosis of the world’s sickness (and, therefore, of the individuals who comprise the world) is that the power to love has been wrongly directed. It has either been turned in upon itself or given to the wrong things. The outward symptoms, and the results, of this misdirection are plainly obvious (at least in other people) in what we call ‘sin’ or ‘selfishness.’ The drastic ‘conversion’ which God-become-Man called for is the reversal of the wrong attitude, the deliberate giving of the whole power to love, first to God, and then to other people.”

J. B. Phillips in Your God Is Too Small, page 121.

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