Beauty Of Christlikeness
all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in
all things. Titus 2:10.
who names the name of Christ is to adorn the doctrine of Christ our Saviour
by a well-ordered life and a godly conversation, even the ornament of a meek
and quiet spirit....Possessing this, you will have favor both with God and
spoken hastily wound and bruise souls, and the deepest wound is made upon
the soul of the speaker. Christ’s gift, the ornament of a meek and quiet
spirit, is authoritatively declared by Him who can make no mistake to be of
great price. We must each find out its worth for ourselves by seeking it from
God. However men may estimate us, if we wear this ornament, we bear the sign
of our discipleship with Christ. We are esteemed by the Most High; for the
ornament we wear is in His sight of great price. This precious gem is to be
every soul things will come to provoke, to stir up anger, and if you are not
under the full control of God, you will be provoked when these things come.
But the meekness of Christ calms the ruffled spirit, controls the tongue,
and brings the whole being into subjection to God. Thus we learn how to bear
with the censure of others. We shall be misjudged, but the precious ornament
of a meek and quiet spirit teaches us how to bear, how to have pity for those
who utter hasty, unadvised words. Any unpleasant spirit displayed is sure
to arouse the demon of passion in unguarded hearts. Unholy anger need not
to be strengthened, but bridled. It is a spark which will set on fire untamed
human nature. Avoid speaking words which will stir up strife. Rather suffer
wrong than do wrong. God requires every one of His followers, as far as is
possible, to live peaceably with all men....
must be Christlike. Let us strive to make our lives what Christ designs them
to be, full of the fragrance of love to God and our fellow men, full of Christ’s
own divine Spirit, full of holy aspirations toward God, rich in the beauty
Devotional: Our Father Cares, pp. 108, 109.