The Pastor’s Desk

Augustine has been on my mind recently.  The following is a quote from a sermon delivered by him in 425 A.D.:

“As far as we are concerned, our consciences are all that matters; as far as you are concerned, our reputation among you ought not to be tarnished, but influential for the good.  Mark what I’ve said, and make the distinction.  There are two things, conscience and reputation; conscience for yourself, reputation for your neighbor. Those who, being clear in their consciences, neglect their reputations, are being cruel; especially if they find themselves in this position, a position about which the apostle says, when he writes to his disciple, Showing yourself to all around you as an example of good works (Titus 2:7).”  Good advice to any of us! -mra


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