Today’s Puritan Audio Devotional:
Modern science and the Bible do not agree!
William Bacon Stevens, very insightful
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Our own imperfections unfit us for judging fairly
"Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law." James 4:11
"And why do you look at the mote in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the beam in your own eye?" Matthew 7:3
Our own imperfections unfit us for judging fairly. With beams in our own eyes–we cannot see clearly to pick motes out of our brother’s eye.
One of the qualities which make us incapable of impartial judgment of others, is envy. There are few of us who can see our neighbor’s life, work, and disposition–without some warping and distortion of the picture. Envy has a strange effect on our moral vision. It shows the beautiful things in others, with the beauty dimmed. It shows the blemishes and faults in them, exaggerated.
Then, the lack of personal experience in struggle and pain, makes many people incapable of sympathy with sorely afflicted ones. Those who have never known a care, nor felt the pinching of poverty–cannot understand the experiences of the poor.
Thus in very many ways, we are unfitted to be judges of others.
"Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls." Romans 14:4
"You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother?" Romans 14:10
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Grace Gems (choice ELECTRONIC books, sermons & quotes)
“A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.” Proverbs 15:13
“All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast!” Proverbs 15:15
“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22
“I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live.” Ecclesiastes 3:12
“There is a time to weep–and a time to laugh; a time to mourn–and a time to dance” Ecclesiastes 3:4
A minister lay dying in Scotland. A fellow-minister called to see him, and inquired, “Well, my brother, what are you doing?”
“Doing?” answered the dying servant of God. “Doing? I will tell you: I am gathering together all my prayers and sermons, all my good deeds and bad deeds–and am going to throw them all overboard together, and swim to glory on the plank of free grace!“
“We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved!” Acts 15:11
“It is by God’s grace that you have been saved!” Ephesians 2:5
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“My Beloved is mine–and I am His!” Song of Solomon 2:16
“My Beloved is mine!” He is . . .
- the Savior in whom I believe and trust;
- the Husband whom I reverence and love;
- the Lord whom I adore and obey;
- the portion on which I live; and
- the beloved One upon whom my heart and affections are set.
“And I am His!”
(James Smith, “Comfort for Christians!”)
“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us! God is love.” (1 John 4:16)
The sweeter the truth–the more backward we often are to receive and believe it. Therefore it must be presented to us again and again. What is more pleasant, than the fact that “God is love”?
Yet so quickly we doubt it, or forget it, or fail to realize it. Therefore the Gospel presents it to us again and again, and in almost every possible form. Twice within the scope of a few verses, John tells us that “God is love” (1 John 4:8,16).
(J.R. Miller, “Intimate Letters on Personal Problems” 1914)
You say that you cannot live up to the things you read in the Bible and in Christian books. I know of no one who can do so. The Bible sets before us very lofty ideals–so lofty that we cannot reach them in a day or a month or in twenty-five years. So long as you may live, and if you spend every year in striving toward the best things–you will still find that you have not fully attained them.
Paul was a great deal better Christian than most of us, and he said, when he was quite an old man, that he was not yet perfect–but was still striving after the things which he wished to attain. We never measure up to our ideals. We never are so holy any day, as we intend to be in the morning when we set out.
Posted in Devotionals, J.R. Miller
Tagged Bible, Christian, Christian Living, Heaven, Jesus Christ, Life, obedience, Redemption, Savior, World
(Thomas Sherman, “Aids to the Divine Life–A Series of Practical Christian Contemplations” 1680)
“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” 2 Corinthians 7:10
As sin is the greatest evil–so sorrow for sin is the greatest sorrow.
Godly sorrow in a saint is the greatest sorrow, being that which flows from faith, whereby we see sin to be the greatest evil–as exemplified in the crucified Savior!
Posted in Devotionals, Thomas Sherman
Tagged Atonement, Christianity, Death, God, Hell, Repentance, Salvation, Savior, sin, Sorrow