The Following of Christ

It is a very good thing to live in obedience, to be subject to a superior, and not to be one’s own master.

It is much safer to be a subject than to be the person in charge.

Many obey their overseers because they have to, not because they want to. For this reason they have much to grumble and complain about.

You will never know true freedom until you learn how to submit yourself to authority with all your heart, for the love of God.

You may go wherever you like, you will never find true peace until you learn to subject yourself humbly to others that God has set over you.

The idea that things would go better somewhere else, and the longing for a change of residence have deceived many.

Everyone gladly acts according to his own liking; and gets along well with those that agree with him. But if God is among us, we must sometimes give up our opinions for the sake of peace.

Who is so wise that he could know everything about everything? No one, of course. So do not trust your opinions too much, but listen also to the opinions of others.

It will not hurt you, even if your opinion is good, to let it go for the love of God and for the sake of peace.

I have often heard that it is safer to take advice than to give it.

It may well be that everyone involved in an argument has a valid opinion, but to get obstinate about it or refuse to believe in the good judgement of others when the occasion requires it, is nothing but pride and stubbornness that will harm you.

Geert Groote, 1340-1384, Brothers and Sisters of the Common Life, Deventer, Netherlands

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