Tag: Kind

The School of Suffering

A.B. Simpsonby A.B. Simpson

After that ye have suffered a while —1 Peter 5:10

Are we learning love in the school of suffering? Are our hearts being mellowed and deepened by the summer heat of trial until the fruit of the Spirit-love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance-is ripening for the harvest of His coming, and our sufferings are easily borne for His sake? This is the school of love, and the lessons make Him unutterably more dear to our hearts and us to His. In this way only can we learn with Him the heavenly charity which suffers long, and is kind.

We see that the very first and the very last features of the face of love, as delineated in Paul’s portrait of it (1 Corinthians 13), are marks of pain and patient suffering-suffers long, endureth all things. So let us learn in the school of love to suffer, to be kind and to endure all things. Surely it will not be hard to love through every circumstance when it is the heart of Jesus within us that will love and continue to love to the very end.

by A.B. Simpson

Let Love Be Your Highest Goal

Grace Gemsby George Everard

“Bright and Fair! A Book for Young Ladies” 1882

“Let love be your highest goal!” 1 Corinthians 14:1

Love is the most beautiful of all graces. Love comes down from above, for love is one of the first-fruits of the Spirit. Love is a plant of Paradise. Love is a breath of celestial air. Love is a beam from the countenance of a God of love. Love is the golden belt, the bond of peace, that knits all heavenly virtues in one.

Love is full of humility, forbearance, and patience. It is slow to anger, but quick to support and comfort those in trouble. It is full of tender consideration for the sorrows, trials, weaknesses, infirmities, feelings, of those around. Be clothed with love.

Now be honest about this point. What is your religion worth? Is it a sham and a pretense–or a reality? Are you daily waging war against these three deadly sins–sloth, self-will, and selfishness? Are you shining as a bright lamp in your own home? Are you careful about common, every-day duties? Are you mindful . . . to curb the tongue, to watch against vain and evil thoughts, to be considerate of the feelings and needs of those around you? Are you ever ready to seize an opportunity for doing good, to lighten the burden of another, or to help a fellow-pilgrim on the way to Zion?

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you–so you must love one another.” John 13:34

by George Everard