“The character of Jesus has not only been the highest pattern of virtue, but it has been the strongest incentive in its practice and has exerted so deep an influence that it may be truly said that the simple record of His three short years of active life has done more to regenerate and to soften mankind than all the disquisitions of philosophers and all the exhortations of moralists.” W.E.H. Lecky
When I first heard the above quote spoken by Ravi Zacharias, I immediately had to find its source and write it down. (Don’t ask why, it’s just the way it is and has always been.)
What I can say is it spoke to my mind and spirit deeply because I love the LORD.
From the day I was born again, up to this exact moment of time, being saved, sanctified and filled with the Holy Spirit has been the one and only thing that gives reason, meaning, purpose and strength to my life.
As Lecky infers, it is the character of Jesus, the pattern of virtue He lived that has increasingly become the only incentive wherein I daily desire to practice His way from the inside out.
Dear sisters, may I ask, what is it that motivates you? What is your incentive for living righteously in
this world? I hope and pray that it’s more than high morals or principles. God forbid!
May it be so that your life and living are fueled by a single and holy passion to image Christ in your doing and being because He alone is the reason; He alone is worthy!
Christ and Christ alone!
Stephanie Dale Paul
Stephanie serves as part of the Addiction Recovery Team at America’s Keswick as Director of Women of Character. She has been married for over 30 years to Sesky Paul who is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy. They have two grown children.
Her single focus in ministry at Keswick is to image Christ in grace and truth to wounded and hurting women, encouraging them to make Jesus the truest Lover of their soul and the One in whom all hope lies.