• “Maturity starts with the willingness to give oneself.” – Elisabeth Elliot (Let Me Be a Woman)

Joy and Strength 05/28

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
John xiii. 34

One with our brethren here in love,
And one with saints that are at rest.
And one with angel hosts above,
And one with God for ever blest.
Isaac Williams.

ALL extreme sensitiveness, fastidiousness, suspicion, readiness to take offence, and tenacity of what we think our due, come from self-love, as does the unworthy secret gratification we sometimes feel when another is humbled or mortified; the cold indifference, the harshness of our criticism, the unfairness and hastiness of our judgments, our bitterness towards those we dislike, and many other faults which must more or less rise up before most men’s conscience, when they question it sincerely as to how far they do indeed love their neighbors as Christ has loved them. He will root out all dislikes and aversions, all readiness to take offence, all resentments, all bitterness, from the heart which is given up to His guidance. He will infuse His own tender love for man into His servant’s mind, and teach him to ” love his brother as Christ has loved him.”
Jean Nicolas Grou.

Enjoying each other’s good is heaven begun.
Lucy C. Smith.

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For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. — 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)

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