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Compete well for the faith and lay hold of that eternal life you were called for and made your good confession for in the presence of many witnesses.

[1 Tim 6:12]

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Oh, dream no more of quiet life;
Care finds the careless out; more wise to vow
Thy heart entire to faith’s pure strife;
So peace will come, thou knowest not when or how.

~ LYRA APOSTOLICA ~

Who art thou that complainest of thy life of toil? Complain not. Look up, my wearied brother; see thy fellow-workmen there, in God’s Eternity; surviving there, they alone surviving; sacred band of the Immortals, celestial body-guard of the empire of mankind. To thee Heaven, though severe, is not unkind; Heaven is kind,—as a noble mother; as that Spartan mother, saying while she gave her son his shield, “With it, my son, or upon it.” Thou too shall return home in honor; to thy far-distant Home, in honor; doubt it not,—if in the battle thou keep thy shield! Thou, in the Eternities and deepest death-kingdoms art not an alien; thou everywhere art a denizen. Complain not.

~ T. CARLYLE ~

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Love is patient, love is kind, it is not envious. Love does not brag, it is not puffed up. It is not rude, it is not self-serving, it is not easily angered or resentful.

[1 Cor 13:4-5]

But you who eat vegetables only – why do you judge your brother or sister? And you who eat everything – why do you despise your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. – Rom 14:10 NET

The one who despises his neighbor sins, but whoever is kind to the needy is blessed.

[Prov 14:21]

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Look thou with pity on a brother’s fall,
But dwell not with stern anger on his fault;
The grace of God alone holds thee, holds all;
Were that withdrawn, thou too wouldst swerve and halt.

~ J. EDMESTON ~

If, on hearing of the fall of a brother, however differing or severed from us, we feel the least inclination to linger over it, instead of hiding it in grief and shame, or veiling it in the love which covereth a multitude of sins; if, in seeing a joy or a grace or an effective service given to others, we do not rejoice, but feel depressed, let us be very watchful; the most diabolical of passions may mask itself as humility, or zeal for the glory of God.

~ ELIZABETH CHARLES ~

Love taketh up no malign elements; its spirit prompteth it to cover in mercy all things that ought not to be exposed, to believe all of good that can be believed, to hope all things that a good God makes possible, and to endure all things that the hope may be made good.

~ J. H. THOM ~

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My sons, do not be negligent now, for the Lord has chosen you to serve in his presence and offer sacrifices.”

[2 Chr 29:11]

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Bright be my prospect as I pass along;—
An ardent service at the cost of all,—
Love by untiring ministry made strong,
And ready for the first, the softest call.

~ A. L. WARING ~

There are many things that appear trifles, which greatly tend to enervate the soul, and hinder its progress in the path to virtue and glory. The habit of indulging in things which our judgment cannot thoroughly approve, grows stronger and stronger by every act of self-gratification, and we are led on by degrees to an excess of luxury which must greatly weaken our hands in the spiritual warfare. If we do not endeavor to do that which is right in every particular circumstance, though trifling, we shall be in great danger of letting the same negligence take place in matters more essential.

~ MARGARET WOODS ~

The will can only be made submissive by frequent self-denials, which must keep in subjection its sallies and inclinations. Great weakness is often produced by indulgences which seem of no importance.

~ M. DE MOLINOS ~

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Every day I will praise you! I will praise your name continually!

[Ps 145:2]

Commit your works to the Lord, and your plans will be established.

[Prov 16:3]

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Lord, I my vows to Thee renew;
Disperse my sins as morning dew;
Guard my first springs of thought and will,
And with Thyself my spirit fill.

~ THOMAS KEN ~

Morning by morning think, for a few moments, of the chief employments of the day, any one thing of greater moment than others, thine own especial trial, any occasions of it which are likely to come that day, and by one short strong act commend thyself beforehand in all to God; offer all thy thoughts, words, and deeds to Him—to be governed, guided, accepted by Him. Choose some great occasions of the day, such as bring with them most trial to thee, on which, above others, to commend thyself to God.

~ E. B. PUSEY ~

Will you not, before venturing away from your early quiet hour, “commit thy works” to Him definitely, the special things you have to do to-day, and the unforeseen work which He may add in the course of it?

~ F. R. HAVERGAL ~

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How blessed is the one whom you instruct, O Lord, the one whom you teach from your law,

[Ps 94:12]

And I cried out, “We are doomed! Our wound is severe! We once thought, ‘This is only an illness. And we will be able to bear it!’

[Jer 10:19]

Hold in thy murmurs, heaven arraigning!

The patient see God’s loving face;

Who bear their burdens uncomplaining,

’Tis they that win the Father’s grace.

[ANON]

Do not run to this and that for comfort when you are in trouble, but bear it. Be uncomfortably quiet—be uneasily silent—be patiently unhappy.

~J.P. GREAVES ~

Hard words will vex, unkindness will pierce; neglect will wound; threatened evils will make the soul quiver; sharp pain or weariness will rack the body, or make it restless. But what says the Psalmist? “When my heart is vexed, I will complain.” To whom? Not of God, but to God.

~ E.B. PUSEY ~

Surely, I have thought, I do not want to have a grief which would not be a grief. I feel that I shall be able to take up my cross in a religious spirit soon, and then it will be all right.

~ JAMES HINTON ~

Strength Today

so that you may live worthily of the Lord and please him in all respects – bearing fruit in every good deed, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might for the display of all patience and steadfastness, joyfully

[Col 1:10-11]

 

To be the thing we seem,
To do the thing we deem
Enjoined by duty;
To walk in faith, nor dream
Of questioning God’s scheme
Of truth and beauty.

~ ANON ~

To shape the whole Future is not our problem; but only to shape faithfully a small part of it, according to rules already known. It is perhaps possible for each of us, who will with due earnestness inquire, to ascertain clearly what he, for his own part, ought to do; this let him, with true heart, do, and continue doing. The general issue will, as it has always done, rest well with a Higher Intelligence than ours. This day thou knowest ten commanded duties, seest in thy mind ten things which should be done for one that thou doest! Do one of them; this of itself will show thee ten others which can and shall be done.

~ T. CARLYLE ~

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For in him we live and move about and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring.’

[Acts 17:28]

Where can I go to escape your spirit? Where can I flee to escape your presence?

[Ps 139:7]

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Yea! In Thy life our little lives are ended,

Into Thy depths our trembling spirits fall;

In Thee enfolded, gathered, comprehended,

As holds the sea her waves—Thou hold’st us all.

~ E. SCUDDER ~

Where then is our God? You say, He is everywhere: then show me anywhere that you have met Him. You declare Him everlasting: then tell me any moment that He has been with you. You believe Him ready to succor them that are tempted, and to lift those that are bowed down: then in what passionate hour did you subside into His calm grace? in what sorrow lose yourself in His “more exceeding” joy? These are the testing questions by which we may learn whether we too have raised our altar to an “unknown God” and pay the worship of the blind; or whether we commune with Him “in whom we live, and move, and have our being.”

~ J. MARTINEAU ~

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then he says, “Here I am:I have come to do your will.” He does away with the first to establish the second.

[Heb 10:9]

 

Teach me to do what pleases you, for you are my God. May your kind presence lead me into a level land.

[Ps 143:10]

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Lo! I come with joy to do

The Father’s blessed will;

Him in outward works pursue,

And serve His pleasure still.

Faithful to my Lord’s commands,

I still would choose the better part;

Serve with careful Martha’s hands,

And loving Mary’s heart.

~ C. WESLEY ~

 

A soul cannot be regarded as truly subdued and consecrated in its will, and as having passed into union with the Divine will, until it has a disposition to do promptly and faithfully all that God requires, as well as to endure patiently and thankfully all that He imposes.

~ T. C. UPHAM ~

 

When we have learned to offer up every duty connected with our situation in life as a sacrifice to God, a settled employment becomes just a settled habit of prayer.

~THOMAS ERSKINE ~

 

Do the duty which lies nearest thee,” which thou knowest to be a duty. Thy second duty will already have become clearer.

~ T. CARLYLE ~

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“Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision,

[Acts 26:19]

The people said to Joshua, “We will worship the Lord our God and obey him.”

[Josh 24:24]

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I will shun no toil or woe,

Where Thou leadest I will go,

Be my pathway plain or rough;

If but every hour may be

Spent in work that pleases Thee,

Ah, dear Lord, it is enough!

~G. TERSTEEGEN ~

All these longings and doubts, and this inward distress, are the voice of the Good Shepherd in your heart, seeking to call you out of all that is contrary to His will. Oh, let me entreat of you not to turn away from His gentle pleadings.

~H. W. SMITH ~

The fear of man brings a snare. By halting in our duty and giving back in the time of trial, our hands grow weaker, our ears grow dull as to hearing the language of the true Shepherd; so that when we look at the way of the righteous, it seems as though it was not for us to follow them.

~J. WOOLMAN ~

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A gentle response turns away anger, but a harsh word stirs up wrath.

[Prov 15:1]

The Lord said, “Are you really so very angry?”

[Jonah 4:4]

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Renew Thine image, Lord, in me,

Lowly and gentle may I be;

No charms but these to Thee are dear;

No anger mayst Thou ever find,

No pride in my unruffled mind,

But faith, and heaven-born peace be there.

~ P. GERHARDT ~

Neither say nor do aught displeasing to thy neighbor; and if thou hast been wanting in charity, seek his forgiveness, or speak to him with gentleness. Speak always with mildness and in a low tone of voice.

~ L. SCUPOLI ~

Injuries hurt not more in the receiving than in the remembrance. A small injury shall go as it comes; a great injury may dine or sup with me; but none at all shall lodge with me. Why should I vex myself because another hath vexed me? Grief for things past that cannot be remedied, and care for things to come that cannot be prevented, may easily hurt, can never benefit me. I will therefore commit myself to God in both, and enjoy the present.

~ JOSEPH HALL ~