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Joy and Strength 01/18

I delight to do Thy will, O my God; yea, Thy law is within my heart.
Ps. xl. 8.

Crown us with love, and so with peace;
Transfigure duty to delight;
Our lips inspire, our faith increase,
Brighten with hope our darkest night.
Bring, us from earthly bondage free
To find our heaven in serving Thee.
Henry Wilder Foote.

WE often make our duties harder by thinking them hard. We dwell on the things we do not like till they grow before our eyes, and, at last, perhaps shut out heaven itself. But this is not following our Master, and He, we may be sure, will value little the obedience of a discontented heart. The moment we see that anything to be done is a plain duty, we must resolutely trample out every rf^ing impulse of discontent. We must not merely prevent our discontent from interfering with the duty itself; we must not merely prevent it from breaking out into murmuring ; we must get rid of the discontent itself. Cheerfulness in the service of Christ is one of the first requisites to make that service Christian.
Frederick Temple

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1 Responses to Joy and Strength 01/18

  • Anita says:

    Thank you, again, for these wonderful devotionals. It’s encouraging to read words from saints who have walked life’s road with the Savior ahead of us, “...seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses,” Heb. 12:1

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  • “I think of the love of God as a great river, pouring through us even as the waters pour through our ravine at floodtime. Nothing can keep this love from pouring through us, except of course our own blocking of the river. Do you sometimes feel that you have got to the end of your love for someone who refuses and repulses you? Such a thought is folly, for one cannot come to the end of what one has not got. We have no store of love at all. We are not jugs, we are riverbeds.” – Amy Carmichael

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