The Voice of Christ
MY CHILD, walk before Me in truth, and seek Me always
in the simplicity of your heart. He who walks before
Me in truth shall be defended from the attacks of
evil, and the truth shall free him from seducers and
from the slanders of wicked men. For if the truth has
made you free, then you shall be free indeed, and you
shall not care for the vain words of men.
O Lord, it is true. I ask that it be with me as You
say. Let your truth teach me. Let it guard me, and
keep me safe to the end. Let it free me from all evil
affection and badly ordered love, and I shall walk
with You in great freedom of heart.
The Voice of Christ
I shall teach you those things which are right and
pleasing to Me. Consider your sins with great
displeasure and sorrow, and never think yourself to
be someone because of your good works. You are truly
a sinner. You are subject to many passions and
entangled in them. Of yourself you always tend to
nothing. You fall quickly, are quickly overcome,
quickly troubled, and quickly undone. You have
nothing in which you can glory, but you have many
things for which you should think yourself vile, for
you are much weaker than you can comprehend. Hence,
let none of the things you do seem great to you. Let
nothing seem important or precious or desirable
except that which is everlasting. Let the eternal
truth please you above all things, and let your
extreme unworthiness always displease you. Fear
nothing, abhor nothing, and fly nothing as you do
your own vices and sins; these should be more
unpleasant for you than any material losses.
Some men walk before Me without sincerity. Led on by
a certain curiosity and arrogance, they wish to know
My secrets and to understand the high things of God,
to the neglect of themselves and their own salvation.
Through their own pride and curiosity, and because I
am against them, such men often fall into great
temptations and sins.
Fear the judgments of God! Dread the wrath of the
Almighty! Do not discuss the works of the Most High,
but examine your sins -- in what serious things you
have offended and how many good things you have
Some carry their devotion only in books,
some in pictures, some in outward signs and figures.
Some have Me on their lips when there is little of Me
in their hearts. Others, indeed, with enlightened
understanding and purified affections, constantly
long for everlasting things; they are unwilling to
hear of earthly affairs and only with reluctance do
they serve the necessities of nature. These sense
what the Spirit of truth speaks within them: for He
teaches them to despise earthly things and to love
those of heaven, to neglect the world, and each day
and night to desire heaven.