“God’s will for you is your sanctification (1 Thess. 4:3). He wants you to share his holiness (Heb. 12:10). And the kindness of God in pursuing this for you is incomprehensively wonderful, because without his holiness you will have no real and lasting happiness. Only in his presence is fullness of joy (Ps. 16:11), and only the pure in heart will see him (Matt. 5:8).”
“The God who governs the visible and invisible worlds knows what he is doing in your life. The God who was brutally murdered on a Roman cross knows what it’s like to suffer and how to redeem it. Specifically how he will bring good out of your trials may be mysterious to you now, but that he will bring good out of them is not a mystery. It’s a promise.”
“The secret things are the Lord’s for a very good reason. Trust him with the mystery. But the revealed things are yours, and they are glorious. Believe them, and one day you’ll share God’s holiness and all the forevermore pleasures he has prepared for you (Ps. 16:11).”
Jon Bloom, Don’t Follow Your Heart
“Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.” (Proverbs 19:17 NIV)
The last pagan emperor of Rome, Julian, wrote the following lines. It is interesting to note that though he hated the early Christians, he could not help but admit that they were full of good deeds.
“These impious Galileans (Christians) not only feed their own, but ours also; welcoming them with their agape, they attract them, as children are attracted with cakes… Whilst the pagan priests neglect the poor, the hated Galileans devote themselves to works of charity, and by a display of false compassion have established and given effect to their pernicious errors. Such practice is common among them, and causes contempt for our gods (Epistle to Pagan High Priests).”
He who despises his neighbor sins, But happy is he who is gracious to the poor. (Proverbs 14:21)
Have a blessed Lord’s day !
Roses from my garden…
“A man is made by that which he feeds upon, and for the best manhood you need the best food. As certain silk-worms have their silk coloured by the leaves on which they feed, so if we were to feed on Christ, and nothing else but Christ, we should become pure, holy, lowly, meek, gentle, humble; in a word, we should be perfect even as He is.” C.H. Spurgeon