Faith, Hope and Love

 

 

The Promise 

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud. Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:4,13, NLT 

 

The Testimony 

The old year, with its burden of record, has passed into eternity, and the new year has begun. Let us gather up the treasures of the past year,—our remembrances of God’s goodness and mercy,—and carry them with us into the new year. Let us brighten the future by the thought of past blessings. 

Oh, what wonderful blessings and opportunities God has in store for those who wear Christ’s yoke! Trouble comes to us because we manufacture yokes for ourselves, refusing to wear the yoke of Christ. 

“Being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” To be justified means to be pardoned. To those whom God justifies He imputes Christ’s righteousness; for the Saviour has taken away their sins. They stand before the throne of God justified and accepted. They have crucified self, and Christ abides in their hearts. 

My brethren and sisters, during this new year let there be among you no accusing. This is the work of the enemy. If he can lead professing Christians to accuse and condemn, he is served as he desires to be. Let no one, by yielding to feelings of envy, weaken the hands of his brother, so that the work entrusted to him is marred. 

Be very careful how you carry reports. Often what you tell to others, though seeming to you to be truth, is misrepresentation... Oh, how many hearts are grieved and wounded because of statements made by those who do not really know... The course of those who utter the slander would be just as dark if represented as they represent the course of the one whom they are accusing.

I ask you to study the eighteenth chapter of Matthew and the thirteenth chapter of first Corinthians. Pray earnestly for grace, and then prepare your hearts to receive the answer to your prayer. 

We are being tested and tried. May the Lord of heaven shut us in with Him, that the wicked one may have no power over us. 

Pacific Union Recorder, January 15, 1903 

 

The Response 

Remember God’s goodness and mercy of the past year and carry them with you into the new year. Brighten the future by thoughts of past blessings. 

Crucify self and invite Christ to abide in your heart, stand before the throne of God justified and accepted.

Study the chapters of Matthew 18 and 1 Corinthians 13. Pray earnestly for grace and then prepare your heart to receive the answer to your prayer. 

All are tested and tried. May the Lord of heaven shut you in with Him that the wicked one may have no power over you. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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