CHAPTER 18/WEEK 18

This week Molinos shows us the relationship between failure, humility and obedience.

God allows us to fail in order to make us humble and dependent on Him. He also wants us to be obedient because that too keeps us humble.

The paradox is that as we progress in becoming like Jesus, with increasing power over the world, the flesh and the devil, that we become less trusting in ourselves.

Thus, “There must come a holocaust of your own values and judgements and will.”

Remember too that there is one limit on obedience: we must not obey that which is contrary to our faith. Recall that Molinos himself ended up in prison because he would not violate the word of God within his heart.

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2 Responses to CHAPTER 18/WEEK 18

  1. rodgerescu says:

    I was a little behind and just read chapter 18 today. Three things strike me most from the chapter:
    The first is that we obey everyone, superiors AND inferiors.I understand that Molinos operated inside of a religious order where there was actual rank, so this could be important in his context. I hate to think that i would consider anyone an inferior, but i fear that i do at times. So i will try to observe the way i listen to some and don’t listen quite as much to others to determine who i am subtly casting in the inferior mode within my own mind.

    The second is his insistence that we NOT obey unless we are willing and cheerful about it inwardly. This forces us to deal with the real, inner issues of disobedience.

    The third thing is the most interesting and possibly controversial. He says virtue can wound us. He says those who are injured by virtue are cured by vice. This requires serious consideration i think. I would love to hear what others think about this idea.

    • BTarr says:

      “Virtue can wound us and vice can cure us”

      Well, I think there is at least one place where this is true. We can gain some victory over sin, but then becomes proud about it; forgetting to be dependent on God for further victory. In that case grace can be withdrawn enough to let us fall back into sin. This brings back contrition and repentance and a gratitude to God and can be said to be a “cure” for sin.

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