HOW TO ABIDE IN CHRIST (4)
Continuation on John 15:4. “Remember, nothing that has the slightest bearing on your improvement and spiritual progress is insignificant to Christ. It is a fact that Christians are more impeded in their progress by little things than by great ones, because for great things they seek the strength of Christ and for little ones act on their own.
But if the little accidents of every day’s occurrence, the petty annoyances to which everyone is subjected, be sufficient to ruffle the temper and excite an unchristian spirit, they are to you matters of very serious moment and as such you must regard them. You cannot fully abide in Christ without attaching to such things the proper importance which shall lead you to bring them to Him with the same freedom that you feel in what you commonly call serious affairs.
If you are conscious of peculiar and besetting faults [sins], remind yourself of those times in the life of Jesus which directly bearing on them. If you are irritable, examine all those occasions when He showed untiring patience; if you are proud, remember His humility; if you are worldly, reflect on His spirituality [or devotion[; if you are negligent and careless in duty, examine His incessant zeal and activity. Study them, understand them, keep them in memory, and pray to Him to infuse into you the same spirit.”
There is nothing we face in by way of temptation in life that Jesus knows intimately (see Hebrews 4:15-16).
Harriet Beecher Stowe (Edited by Sherman Driver)
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