Joy and Strength 08/17

Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
2 Cor. iv. 10.

But we as in a glass espy
The glory of His countenance,
Not in a whirlwind hurrying by
The too presumptuous glance,
But with mild radiance every hour.
From our dear Saviour’s face benign
Bent on us with transforming power
Till we, too, faintly shine.
John Keble.

IF we be faithful and humble, God will increase our faith by enabling us to obey more faithfully, and will strengthen our sight by enabling us to do what we now see. As in our daily walk we come nearer towards heaven. He will open to us more of heaven. And so the veil which sin laid upon our sight being taken away, “we all, with open face, beholding, as in a glass, the glory of the Lord,” studying His countenance, watching His looks, seeking to have His gracious and compassionate look cast upon us in the midst of our frailties and infirmities, may catch some faint reflections of its brightness, and be changed into the image whereon we gaze, which we love, which, in our weakness, we would long to copy and transfuse into ourselves; we too may be “changed into the same image, from glory to glory, as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
Edward B. Pusey

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