Friday, February 24, 2012

“As He passed through the towns and cities He was like a vital current, diffusing life and joy wherever He went. The followers of Christ are to labor as He did. We are to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and comfort the suffering and afflicted. We are to minister to the despairing, and inspire hope in the hopeless. And to us also the promise will be fulfilled, "Thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy rearward." Isaiah 58:8. The love of Christ, manifested in unselfish ministry, will be more effective in reforming the evildoer than will the sword or the court of justice. These are necessary to strike terror to the lawbreaker, but the loving missionary can do more than this. Often the heart will harden under reproof; but it will melt under the love of Christ. The missionary cannot only relieve physical maladies, but he can lead the sinner to the Great Physician, who can cleanse the soul from the leprosy of sin. Through His servants, God designs that the sick, the unfortunate, those possessed of evil spirits, shall hear His voice. Through His human agencies He desires to be a Comforter such as the world knows not.” 'The Desire of Ages', pg. 350. (emphasis supplied).

Brothers and sisters, I have too often been harsh and exacting with people. Have you? I have criticized others for their ways, when mine are probably worse. No, I'm not saying we should let sin be, and not preach the truth. That would be sin. But will you join me in, by God's grace, treating others like Christ would, with a love that would die for them? I believe it will bring rich rewards of souls!

Your brother in Christ,


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