There is nothing too low for its love, or too noble for its hatred; nothing is too sacred for its attacks, or too deserving for its aspersions. It is as cruel as it is universal, as unjust as it is relentless; as unforgiving as it is conceited and ill-informed
Things to Think about
SOME Christians have the erroneous idea that God does all the fashioning, and that His children are to be merely passive in His hand; but Peter does not so express it. He exhorts us to fashion ourselves according to the divine instructions.
WHY is the one-talented man chosen as an illustration of these talent-burials? It is to show the responsibility of those who have least–that the Lord expects even the least of His consecrated people to know of and to use the talents he has in his possession, and that He will not hold guiltless even those who have the smallest ability to serve Him and His brethren and His truth, and who neglect to use it.
We are not alone in the world; for we have the blessed promise, I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” (Heb. 13:5) Nor is the smallest interest of ours overlooked.
The old Lollards were called “Holdfasts,” not only because of their firmness under persecution, but of their strong grasp of the truth. Coleridge said, with a practical aptness unusual with him: “What does not withstand has no standing-ground.” “Hold fast, then, the form of sound words, in faith and love, which is in Christ Jesus.” Be modest, unostentatious in all that is your own, willing to concede everything you have a right to yield, but be scrupulous and immovable about all that is Christ’s.
“He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.”Mar 14th, 2010 | By admin | Category: Things to Think about
WHILE anger, in the nature of hatred, malice, strife, envy, should be put away by all who are seeking to be copies of God’s dear Son, anger in the sense of righteous indignation against wrong-doing, sin in its various forms, is proper; and although it should be used with great moderation, backed by love, there are circumstances in which it would be wrong not to have righteous anger and use it.
SOME may fail to see the particular interest which the Lord takes in each one who is His. Every true child of God is the Lord’s in the particular sense of having entered into a Covenant of Sacrifice. We should always remember this….The Master emphasized His peculiar and personal interest in each of His followers. He calls Himself their Shepherd, and says, “He calls His own sheep by name, and leads them out.” This means a very special supervision of the affairs and interests of each one of His true disciples. Whatever may come to these is not a matter of chance or luck.
YOU that discern the prize of your high calling, and who are endeavoring to press along the line toward the mark, “gird up the loins of your mind”; strengthen and fortify your purposes and efforts; renew your determination; redouble your diligence; cast aside the weights of unnecessary worldly cares; increase your zeal; and, as the apostle urges, run with patience the race set before you. Run, not like one who is merely beating the air, but like one who has a purpose in view, and who, in desperate earnest, is determined to make his calling and election sure.
THIS is a message from the Master’s own lips. He gives us the key to a clear knowledge of His doctrines, namely, that the student must be fully consecrated to God and fully desirous of knowing His will and His Plan. In order…to see the Truth, from the Divine standpoint of the Divine revelation, we must draw near to God in the spirit of our minds, consecrated in our heart. We must will to do His will….It is to these that the promises of our text apply….Shall we not…determine in our wills to do God’s will? If so, following the instructions of the Word of God…we shall doubtless be blessed and enabled fully to know, to appreciate, to understand, the doctrines of Christ–the deep things of God, which are revealed to this class by the Spirit of God.