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Saturday, October 15, 2005


[An excerpt from a letter written by Screwtape, 'professional devil and self-described under-secretary of the department of temptation,' to his nephew Wormwood, 'junior tempter.']
"Keep them watching their own minds and trying to produce feelings there by the action of their own wills. When they meant to ask Him for charity, let them, instead, start trying to manufacture charitable feelings for themselves and not notice that this is what they are doing. When they meant to pray for courage, let them really be trying to feel brave. When they say they are praying for forgiveness, let them be trying to feel forgiven. Teach them to estimate the value of each prayer by their success in producing the desired feeling; and never let them suspect how much success or failure of that kind depends on whether they are well or ill, fresh or tired, at the moment."
-from The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
Beware of your feelings, lest they lead you astray. Although I may feel one way, the truth may be the exact opposite.
Whenever my family watches a movie in which they say 'follow your heart,' we quote Jeremiah 17:9. "The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?"
Do not depend on your feelings.

1 comment:

Hannah Beth said...

Amen, sister! You hit the nail on the head.