From a letter concerning family worship:
Indeed, a person who lives in the exercise of faith and love, and who finds by experience that it is good for him to draw nigh to God, will not want to be told how often he must pray, any more than how often he must converse with an earthly friend. Those whom we love, we love to be much with. Love is the best casuist, and either resolves or prevents a thousand scruples and questions, which may perplex those who only serve God from principles of restraint and fear. —John Newton
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Wow. This is a great quote. My first thought after reading was to add to the last sentence based upon my own misguided and clumsy attempts to draw close to God.
“….which may perplex those who only serve God from principles of restraint and fear.”…or loyalty.
A misguided loyalty indeed, to those religious, man-made traditions that were passed down to me by rote.