Day: January 24, 2012


J.C. Ryle 90x115by J.C. Ryle

"Holiness, Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots"

A holy man will strive to be like our Lord Jesus Christ. He will not only live the life of faith in Him, and draw from Him all his daily peace and strength–but he will also labor to be conformed to His image (Romans 8:29).

It will be his aim . . . to bear with and forgive others–even as Christ forgave us; to be unselfish–even as Christ pleased not Himself; to walk in love–even as Christ loved us; to be lowly-minded and humble–even as Christ humbled Himself.

A holy man will remember . . . that Christ would continually deny Himself in order to minister to others; that He was meek and patient under undeserved insults; that He thought more of godly poor men, than of kings; that He was full of love and compassion to sinners; that He was bold and uncompromising in denouncing sin; that He sought not the praise of men, when He might have had it; that He went about doing good; that He was separate from worldly people; that He continued instant in prayer; that He would not let even His nearest relations stand in His way, when God’s work was to be done.

Transformed by Beholding

Oswald Chambers 90x115by Oswald Chambers

We all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image . . . —2 Corinthians 3:18

The greatest characteristic a Christian can exhibit is this completely unveiled openness before God, which allows that person’s life to become a mirror for others. When the Spirit fills us, we are transformed, and by beholding God we become mirrors. You can always tell when someone has been beholding the glory of the Lord, because your inner spirit senses that he mirrors the Lord’s own character. Beware of anything that would spot or tarnish that mirror in you. It is almost always something good that will stain it— something good, but not what is best.