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Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.

~Rom 12:2

Father, let our faithful mind  
Rest, on Thee alone inclined;  
Every anxious thought repress,  
Keep our souls in perfect peace.  
~ C. WESLEY

Retirement from anxieties of every kind; entering into no disputes; avoiding all frivolous talk; and simplifying everything we engage in, whether in a way of doing or suffering; denying the, imagination its false activities, and the intellect its false searchings after what it cannot obtain,—these seem to be some of the steps that lead to obedience to the holy precept in our text.  
~ JAMES P. GREAVES

Retire inwardly; wait to feel somewhat of God’s Spirit, discovering and drawing away from that which is contrary to His holy nature, and leading into that which is acceptable to Him. As the mind is joined to this, some true light and life is received.  
~ I. PENINGTON

Act up faithfully to your convictions; and when you have been unfaithful, bear with yourself, and resume always with calm simplicity your little task. Suppress, as much as you possibly can, all recurrence to yourself, and you will suppress much vanity. Accustom yourself to much calmness and an indifference to events.
~ MADAME GUYON

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And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.

~ Isa 32:17

The heart that ministers for Thee  
In Thy own work will rest;  
And the subject spirit of a child  
Can serve Thy children best.  
~ A. L. WARING

It matters not where or what we are, so we be His servants. They are happy who have a wide field and great strength to fulfil His missions of compassion; and they, too, are blessed who, in sheltered homes and narrow ways of duty, wait upon Him in lowly services of love. Wise or simple, gifted or slender in knowledge, in the world’s gaze or in hidden paths, high or low, encompassed by affections and joys of home, or lonely and content in God alone, what matters, so that they bear the seal of the living God? Blessed company, unknown to each other, unknowing even themselves!
~ H. E. MANNING

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There hath no temptation taken you, but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

~ 1 Cor 10:13-14

Not so, not so, no load of woe
Need bring despairing frown;
For while we bear it, we can bear,
Past that, we lay it down.

~ SARAH WILLIAMS

Everything which happens, either happens in such wise that them art formed by nature to bear it, or that thou art not formed by nature to bear it. If then, it happens to thee in such way that thou art formed by nature to bear it, do not complain, but bear it as thou art formed by nature to bear it. But, if it happens in such wise that thou art not able to bear it, do not complain; for it will perish after it has consumed thee. Remember, however, that thou art formed by nature to bear everything, with respect to which it depends on thy own opinion to make it endurable and tolerable, by thinking that it is either thy interest or thy duty to do this.

~ MARCUS ANTONINUS

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The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: He shall preserve thy soul.

~ Ps 121:7

Under Thy wings, my God, I rest,  
Under Thy shadow safely lie;  
By Thy own strength in peace possessed,  
While dreaded evils pass me by.  
~ A. L. WARING

A heart rejoicing in God delights in all His will, and is surely provided with the most firm joy in all estates; for if nothing can come to pass beside or against His will, then cannot that soul be vexed which delights in Him and hath no will but His, but follows Him in all times, in all estates; not only when He shines bright on them, but when they are clouded. That flower which follows the sun doth so even in dark and cloudy days: when it doth not shine forth, yet it follows the hidden course and motion of it. So the soul that moves after God keeps that course when He hides His face; is content, yea, even glad at His will in all estates or conditions or events.  
~ R. LEIGHTON

Let God do with me what He will, anything He will; whatever it be, it will be either heaven itself or some beginning of it.
~ WM. MOUNTFORD

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Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

~ 1 Thess 5:11

Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

~ Matt 19:19

So others shall  
Take patience, labor, to their heart and hand,  
From thy hand, and thy heart, and thy brave cheer,  
And God’s grace fructify through thee to all.  
The least flower with a brimming cup may stand,  
And share its dewdrop with another near.  
~ E. B. BROWNING

What is meant by our neighbor we cannot doubt; it is every one with whom we are brought into contact. First of all, he is literally our neighbor who is next to us in our own family and household; husband to wife, wife to husband, parent to child, brother to sister, master to servant, servant to master. Then it is he who is close to us in our own neighborhood, in our own town, in our own parish, in our own street. With these all true charity begins. To love and be kind to these is the very beginning of all true religion. But, besides these, as our Lord teaches, it is every one who is thrown across our path by the changes and chances of life; he or she, whosoever it be, whom we have any means of helping the unfortunate stranger whom we may meet in travelling, the deserted friend whom no one else cares to look after.
~ A. P. STANLEY

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Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer:… ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

~ Rev 2:10

Guide me, O Lord, in all the changes and varieties of the world; that in all things that shall happen, I may have an evenness and tranquillity of spirit; that my soul may be wholly resigned to Thy divinest will and pleasure, never murmuring at Thy gentle chastisements and fatherly correction. Amen.

~ JEREMY TAYLOR

Then, O my soul, be ne’er afraid,
On Him who thee and all things made
Do thou all calmly rest;
Whate’er may come, where’er we go,
Our Father in the heavens must know
In all things what is best.

~ PAUL FLEMMING

Thou art never at any time nearer to God than when under tribulation; which He permits for the purification and beautifying of thy soul.

~ M. DE MOLINOS

Prize inward exercises, griefs, and troubles; and let faith and patience have their perfect work in them.
~ I. PENINGTON

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I will arise and go to my Father.

~ Luke 15:18

O my God, my Father! hear,
And help me to believe;
Weak and weary I draw near;
Thy child, O God, receive.
I so oft have gone astray;
To the perfect Guide I flee;
Thou wilt turn me not away,
Thy love is pledged to me.


~ HYMNS OF THE SPIRIT

O child, hast thou fallen? arise, and go, with childlike trust, to thy Father, like the prodigal son, and humbly say, with heart and mouth, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before Thee, and am no more worthy to be called Thy son; make me as one of Thy hired servants.” And what will thy heavenly Father do but what that father did in the parable? Assuredly He will not change His essence, which is love, for the sake of thy misdoings. Is it not His own precious treasure, and a small thing with Him to forgive thee thy trespasses, if thou believe in Him? for His hand is not shortened that it cannot make thee fit to be saved.  

~ JOHN TAULER

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What doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all His ways, and to love Him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul?

~ Deut 10:12

What asks our Father of His children save  
Justice and mercy and humility,  
A reasonable service of good deeds,  
Pure living, tenderness to human needs,  
Reverence, and trust, and prayer for light to see  
The Master’s footprints in our daily ways?  
No knotted scourge, nor sacrificial knife,  
But the calm beauty of an ordered life  
Whose every breathing is unworded praise.  
~ J. G. WHITTIER

Give up yourself to God without reserve; in singleness of heart meeting everything that every day brings forth, as something that comes from God, and is to be received and gone through by you, in such an heavenly use of it, as you would suppose the holy Jesus would have done in such occurrences. This is an attainable degree of perfection.  
~ WM. LAW

We ought to measure our actual lot, and to fulfil it; to be with all our strength that which our lot requires and allows. What is beyond it, is no calling of ours. How much peace, quiet, confidence, and strength, would people attain, if they would go by this plain rule.  
~ H. E. MANNING

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If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected in us.

~ 1 John 4:12

And he that keepeth His commandments dwelleth in Him, and He in him. And hereby we know that He abideth in us, by the Spirit which He hath given us.

~  1 John 3:24

Abide in me; o’ershadow by Thy love  
Each half-formed purpose and dark thought of sin;  
Quench, ere it rise, each selfish, low desire,  
And keep my soul as Thine, calm and divine.  
~ H. B. STOWE

The Spirit of Love must work the works, and speak the tones, of Love. It cannot exist and give no sign, or a false sign. It cannot be a spirit of Love, and mantle into irritable and selfish impatience. It cannot be a spirit of Love, and at the same time make self the prominent object. It cannot rejoice to lend itself to the happiness of others, and at the same time be seeking its own. It cannot be generous, and envious. It cannot be sympathizing, and unseemly; self-forgetful, and vain-glorious. It cannot delight in the rectitude and purity of other hearts, as the spiritual elements of their peace, and yet unnecessarily suspect them.

~ J. H. THOM

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Serve Him with a perfect heart, and with a willing mind.

~ 1 Chr 28:9

And if some things I do not ask,  
In my cup of blessing be,  
I would have my spirit filled the more  
With grateful love to Thee,  
More careful, not to serve Thee much,  
But to please Thee perfectly.  

~ A. L. WARING

Little things come daily, hourly, within our reach, and they are not less calculated to set forward our growth in holiness, than are the greater occasions which occur but rarely. Moreover, fidelity in trifles, and an earnest seeking to please God in little matters, is a test of real devotion and love. Let your aim be to please our dear Lord perfectly in little things, and to attain a spirit of childlike simplicity and dependence. In proportion as self-love and self-confidence are weakened, and our will bowed to that of God, so will hindrances disappear, the internal troubles and contests which harassed the soul vanish, and it will be filled with peace and tranquillity.  

~ JEAN NICOLAS GROU