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Listening to the Grace of the Gospel

August 19, 2011

In Greek mythology, the Sirens would sing enchanting songs drawing sailors irresistibly toward the rocks and certain shipwreck. Odysseeus filled his crew’s ears with wax and had them tie him to the mast. This is the approach of legalism. We bind ourselves up with laws and disciplines in a vain attempt to resist temptation.

Orpheus, on the other hand, played such beautiful music on his harp that his sailors ignored the seducitons of the Sirens’ song. This is the way of faith.

The grace of the gospel sings a far more glorious song than the enticements of sin, if only we have the faith to hear its music. 

– Tim Chester, You Can Change, p.57

– HT: Eric Raymond, Ordinary Pastor blog

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