Foundation of God’s Government
Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. Romans 13:10.
The question of deepest interest to each one should be, Am I meeting the requirements of the law of God? That law is holy, just, and good, and God would have us daily compare our actions with this, His great standard of righteousness. Only by a close examination of self in the light of God’s Word can we discover our deviations from His holy rule of right. . . .
Love is the principle that underlies God’s government in heaven and on earth, and this love must be interwoven in the life of the Christian. The love of Christ is not a fitful love; it is deep, and broad, and full. Its possessor will not say, “I will love only those who love me.” The heart that is influenced by this holy principle will be carried above everything of a selfish nature.
Even among professing Christians there are persons who are always on the watch for something at which to take offense. If their friends are absorbed in matters that require their attention and have no time to devote to them, they feel slighted and injured. . . . Their lives are like the gorgeous flowers which possess no fragrance. Much to be preferred is the simple, unpretending blossom that blesses with its sweet odor those who come in contact with it.
Instead of finding fault with others, these persons should seek to become lovely by putting on Christ. . . . The character of Christ is the standard which the Christian is to keep before him. His aim should be to possess those graces that were exemplified in the life of Christ in humanity. . . .
The religion of Jesus Christ is not merely to prepare us for the future immortal life; it is to enable us to live the Christ life here on earth. Jesus is not only our pattern, He is also our friend and our guide, and by taking hold of His strong arm and partaking of His Spirit, we may walk “even as he walked.”
That I May Know Him p. 298
—-Please pray that God will guide me in my choice of a husband. S
—– I need prayers ! ….the chest pain and hospital visit, well, since Saturday evening I fight with a terrible cold. I m exhausted physically. Not sleep. I have to be at work because I should use this time to work until I can before its over. Defiantly the enemy attacks me again to still my priorities & ultimate resources he can. Please lift me up in prayers for DIVINE HEALING, STRENGTH INTO MY BODY, CLEAR MIND TO WORK. AND TO KEEP FIGHTING.- NO WEAPONS formed against me shall prosper ! In Yeshua’s Name! Thank you! Cristina
—–I have some prayer requests from people who have asked me to pray: *Ben & Madoka- for their financial situation and Madoka’s desire to begin her graduate studies.—*Pat & Tammy- for their son Brandon, who is struggling with his journey through life, that God may speak to his heart.—*Darlene- for her cousin Kelly, who recently had eye surgery to remove a large tumor behind her left eye.—-*Rochelle- for her father, who’s dealing with health issues and the latest prognosis was not good.—*Kevin- who is having a very difficult semester with many activities and is struggling with balancing his time.—*Callie- for her friend Megan who is struggling with depression due to her mother’s recent death.—*Jordan- for her mom, Heidi, who is also struggling with depression.—*Imani- for her family and especially her parents broken relationship.—*Brenda- for her friend Elise, who is struggling with depression and had to drop out from school.—-*Callie- for her best friend, Rose and family, who’s father just passed away last weekend. —*Praise….For the 58 people who made the decision to be baptized after the week with Pastor. Asscherick. Carol
——Please pray for Sasha who writes: “My heart is broken, my world is scattered, my joy is gone God why…”
As Eileen was getting into the car one Sabbath morning some years ago, her hat blew off in the strong Kansas wind. Placing her Bible on top of the car, she dashed off after it. Grabbing her hat, she ran back to the car for she did not want to be late. When she arrived at church she reached into the back seat to get her Bible. It was no where to be found. Eileen was puzzled. She was sure she had brought it. All during church she missed having it.
As soon as she got home, she began looking for her precious Bible. She couldn’t find it. Suddenly, she remembered where she had placed her Bible. With a sinking feeling in her stomach, she realized that somewhere in the 17 mile drive to church her Bible had fallen off from the roof of the car. She was sure that she would never see it again.
With tears in her eyes, she told us of her plight. While I got dinner ready, Ron and Eileen jumped in the car and drove slowly along looking for a large book that might still be along the side of the road. About a mile and a half away, they entered the Interstate. Ron was sure that her Bible could not possibly have stayed on the rooftop that long, but up ahead, on the median of the highway, the saw Eileen’s Bible it’s pages flapping in the wind. Immediately, Ron pulled over onto the side of the road and Eileen jumped out and rescued her Bible. It’s pages were ruffled, but unhurt. With some careful smoothing, we could hardly tell the trauma it had received that morning.
Later, as we were talking about this experience, Eileen commented how much this was like the story of Mary and Joseph when they took twelve year old Jesus to the temple. Just as through carelessness and inattention, Mary and Joseph had lost sight of their Precious Son, so because of Eileen’s carelessness she had lost His Word. Just as they had had to search for Him for three long and frightening days before they found Him again, so she had to search carefully for her Bible.
“Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” Luke 2:41-49
How often we, too, lose sight of our Precious Saviour through neglect of Bible study and prayer. How much loss we suffer from these times of neglect. How plainly we put ourselves into temptation’s path and fail miserably. How easy it is to allow the allurements of this world to take our focus off from ” the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Phil 3:14 How many times, we, too, must retrace our steps to find Him again.
May we ever keep our eyes on our blessed Saviour following Him every step of the way. May we hide His Word in our hearts that we might not lose sight of our Glorious Redeemer and so fall into sin. (Ps 119:9-12) May we so live our life that we will be able to declare as did Paul, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” 2Tim 4:7, 8