May 6

 

Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for”God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”  1 Peter 5:5

 

Pure Christian humility has no such thing as roughness, contempt, fierceness, or bitterness in its nature; it makes a person like a little child, harmless and innocent, and of whom none need to be afraid; like a lamb, destitute of all bitterness, wrath, anger, and clamor, which is agreeable to Ephesians 4:31.

With such a spirit as this ought especially zealous ministers of the gospel to be clothed, and those whom God is pleased to improve as instruments in His hands of promoting His work.  They ought indeed to be thorough in preaching the Word of God, without mincing the matter at all; in handling the sword of the Spirit, as the ministers of het Lord of Hosts.  They ought not to be mild and gentle; they are not be gentle and moderate in searching and awakening the conscience, but should be sons of thunder.  The Word of God, which is in itself sharper than any two-edged sword, ought not to be sheathed by its ministers, but so used that its sharp edges may have their full effect.  All their conversation should savor of nothing but lowliness and good will, love and pity to all mankind; so that such a spirit should be like a sweet odor diffused around them wherever they go.  Like a light shining about them, their faces should, as it were, shine with it.  They should be like lions to guilty consciences, but like lambs to men’s persons.

Spiritual pride takes notice of opposition and injuries that are received, whereas pure, unmixed, Christian humility disposes a person rather to be like his blessed Lord, not opening his mouth.

 

 

Devotions from the Pen of Jonathan Edwards

 

Jonathan Edwards, who is considered the finest theologian America has ever produced, was known for his logical mind and warm devotion to the Lord. His exposition of Scripture remains a source of powerful edification for the church. Here are 120 excerpts from this great preacher of the word presented in a daily devotional format.  Edwards certainly was an amazing philosopher and a great theologian, but his insights into God’s Word are also down to earth, practical, and devotional.  Each devotion is based on a Scripture verse and Edwards is always careful to draw your attention to the text to be fed by God’s Word, not by man’s thoughts and imaginations.

 

It is a good resource for personal devotions or as an introduction to the thought of Edwards.  You will find comfort for the soul, encouragement and exhortations for the heart, and practical instructions for the mind.

 

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