Tender Regard ~ Henry Scougal

14 05 2012

The entire human race—has been made in God’s Image. That means, that we should regard highly, every human being we meet. This may sound a bit strong, a bit over-the-top, a bit of ‘living in fairy-land’, a bit unrealistic, particularly as many people we meet have behaved so terribly, said so many things that sound shocking, and unhelpful, and hold such views of life, God and humanity which we find to be distasteful – to say the least.

Even so, that is the deal. That is what is expected. That is why Jesus says: love your enemies (Matthew 5:44).

Henry Scougal (1650-1678), died at the age of 27. By then, he was already Professor of Divinity at Aberdeen University. Henry wrote a very influential small book, entitled, The Life of God in the Soul of Man. He said:

“The meanest and most contemptible person whom we behold is the offspring of heaven, one of the children of the Most High; and however unworthy he might behave himself of that relation, so long as God hath not abdicated and disowned him by a final sentence, he will have us to embrace him with a sincere and cordial affection” (p. 124).

Yes, disagree as we might, God has ‘a very dear and tender regard‘ for us all… for you, and for me.

We know this, for certain, through the ministry of Jesus Christ.

http://www.ccel.org/s/scougal/life/

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