Violence

1.  A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week.

—George Patton

2.  From the book “The Pursuit Of God” by A. W. Tozer.  Tozer has described God’s requirement for Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac.  He calls this the way of renunciation [of self and things] and explains that contemporary Christians must go this way if they would know God.

We must, in our hearts, live through Abraham’s harsh and bitter experiences if we would know the blessedness which follows them.  The ancient curse will not go out painlessly.  The tough old miser within us will not lie down and die in obedience to our command.  He must be torn out of our heart like a plank from the soil.  He must be extracted in agony and blood like a tooth from the jaw.  He must be expelled from our soul by violence as Christ expelled the money changers from the temple.  …We must go this way of renunciation.  And if we are set upon the pursuit of God he will sooner or later bring us to this test.

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