suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself,
is not puffed up. 1 Cor. 13:4
Those who open their hearts and homes to
invite Jesus to abide with them should keep the moral atmosphere unclouded by
strife, bitterness, wrath, malice, or even an unkind word. Jesus will not abide
in a home where are contention, envy, and bitterness. . . .
Paul had a healthful religious
experience. The love of Christ was his grand theme and the constraining power
that governed him.
When in most discouraging circumstances,
which would have had a depressing influence upon halfway Christians, he is firm
of heart, full of courage and hope and cheer, exclaiming, "Rejoice in the
Lord alway, and again I say, Rejoice." The same hope and cheerfulness is
seen when he is upon the deck of the ship, the tempest beating about him, the
ship going to pieces. He gives orders to the commander of the ship and
preserves the lives of all on board. Although a prisoner, he is really the master
of the ship, the freest and happiest man on board. When wrecked and driven to a
barbarous island, he is the most self-possessed, the most helpful in saving his
fellow men from a watery grave. His hands brought the wood to kindle the fire
for the benefit of the chilled, shipwrecked passengers. When they saw the
deadly viper fasten upon his hand, they were filled with terror; but Paul
calmly shook it into the fire, knowing it could not harm him; for he implicitly
trusted in God.
When before kings and dignitaries of the
earth, who held his life in their hands, he quailed not; for he had given his
life to God. . . . Grace, like an angel of mercy, makes his voice heard sweet
and clear, repeating the story of the cross, the matchless love of Jesus.
Love's agencies have wonderful power, for
they are divine.
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