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Love-Inspired Obedience

"And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God" (Acts 16:25). What can turn the statutes into songs, take the sting out of the commandments, make the will of God a delight? When it is all transfigured by the glory of love. Love inspires obedience to law, and makes it easy. If we s... Read More

Patience of Perseverance

"If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?" (Jer. 12:5). Does it seem an unfeeling answer? It was the answer Jeremiah... Read More

Refusal of the Small

"By faith Moses...refused..." (Heb. 11:24). Faith is the refusal of the small, for the sake of the large. Faith will make no decision, take no step, merely from worldly motives; for it sees past the immediate good to a richer, grander good. Worldly-wisdom is not wisdom; it is folly, the blind graspi... Read More

Statutes into Songs

"Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage" (Ps. 119:54). Statutes need to be turned into songs before their work can be completed. The note is struck in the very first Psalm, which speaks of the blessedness of loving the Law and the curse of hating it. The Psalter is the blossom... Read More

The Thrill of the Moment

"Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth" (Prov. 17:24). We all know something of the attraction of distance, the romance of the unknown; and we are inclined to minimise present opportunities by dreaming about some larger sphere where we woul... Read More

Wide Tolerance

"He that is not against us is for us" (Mark 9:40). When we think of the tolerance of God with all of us, His patience, His longsuffering with our slowness of heart, His wide, rich mercy, His free gospel of grace, how miserable are the petty barriers and limits which we set up, how sinful is our arro... Read More

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