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Joy and Strength 06/08

Put on therefore, a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving each other, if ony man have a complaint against any; even as the Lord forgave you. so also do ye.
Col. iii. I2, 13 (R. V.).

The discord is within, which jars
So sadly in life’s song;
‘Tis we, not they who are in fault.
When others seem so wrong.
Frederick Wm. Faber.

SELF-PREOCCUPATION, self-broodings, self-interest, self-love, — these are the reasons why you go jarring against your fellows. Turn your eyes off yourself; look up, and out! There are men, your brothers, and women, your sisters; they have needs that you can aid. Listen for their confidences; keep your heart wide open to their calls, and your hands alert for their service. Learn to give, and not to take; to drown your own hungry wants in the happiness of lending yourself to fulfil the interests of those nearest or dearest. Look up and out, from this narrow, cabined self of yours, and you will jar no longer; you will fret no more, you will provoke no more; but you will, to your own glad surprise, find the secret of “the meekness and the gentleness of Jesus”; and the fruits of the Spirit will all bud and blossom from out of your life.
Henry Scott Holland.

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  • “How very narrow is the gate that leads to a life in God! (Mt 7:14) How little one must be to pass through it, it being nothing else but death to self! But when we have passed through it, what enlargement do we find! David said, ‘He brought me forth also in a large place’ (Ps. 18:19). And it was through humiliation and abasement that he was brought there.” – from Madame Guyon’s autobiography Ch. 22

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The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen. — 2 Corinthians 13:14 (NKJV)

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