Testimony the World Needs
yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on your hearts, to be
known and read by all men. 2 Cor. 3:2, R.S.V.
Transformation of character is to be the testimony to the world of the indwelling
love of Christ. The Lord expects His people to show that the redeeming power
of grace can work upon the faulty character and cause it to develop in symmetry
and abundant fruitfulness.
order for us to fulfill God's purpose, there is a preparatory work to be done.
The Lord bids us empty our hearts of the selfishness which is the root of
alienation. He longs to pour upon us His Holy Spirit in rich measure, and
He bids us clear the way by self-renunciation. When self is surrendered to
God, our eyes will be opened to see the stumbling stones which our un-Christlikeness
has placed in the way of others. All these God bids us remove. He says: "Confess
your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed."
James 5:16. Then we may have the assurance that David had when, after confession
of his sin, he prayed: "Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and
uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways;
and sinners shall be converted unto thee." Psalm 51:12, 13.
grace of God reigns within, the soul will be surrounded with an atmosphere
of faith and courage and Christlike love, an atmosphere invigorating to the
spiritual life of all who inhale it. . . . Everyone who is a partaker of Christ's
pardoning love, everyone who has been enlightened by the Spirit of God and
converted to the truth, will feel that for these precious blessings he owes
a debt to every soul with whom he comes in contact. Those who are humble in
heart the Lord will use to reach souls whom the ordained ministers cannot
approach. They will be moved to speak words which reveal the saving grace
blessing others they will themselves be blessed. God gives us opportunity
to impart grace, that He may refill us with increased grace. Hope and faith
will strengthen as the agent for God works with the talents and facilities
that God has provided. He will have a divine agency to work with him.
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