Christian Behaviour

A while back, a friend lent me a book, Christian Behaviour by C.S. Lewis. He mentioned that he gets right to the point and that it was a great read. I finally got around to reading it, and wasn’t that the truth. I don’t know if Lewis was right about all he wrote, but it is obvious that he had an amazing mind and used it.

As I read chapter XI “Faith”, he brought up some things about humility that I don’t think I ever could have come up with on my own, so I will share them here. Something to think about. Kind of long, but worth the read.

“The first step towards humility was to realize that one is proud. I want to add now that the next step is to make some serious attempt to practise the Christian virtues. A week won’t do. Things often go swimmingly for the first week. Try six weeks. By that time, having, as far as one can see, fallen back completely or even fallen lower than the point one began from, one will have discovered some truths about oneself. No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good. There is a silly idea about, that good people don’t know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is. After all, you find out the strength of the German army by fighting against it, not by giving in. You find out the strength of a wind by trying to walk against it, not by lying down. A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply doesn’t know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness. They’ve lived a sheltered life by always giving in. We never find out the strength of the evil impulse inside us until we try to fight it: and Christ, because He was the only man who never yielded to temptation, is also the only man who knows to the full what temptation means-the only complete realist.”

(You’ll have to pick up the book to find out what he talks about next. I’d have to copy the whole book to include all the great stuff in there. Fun book to read if you want to think.)

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