“And in this, I exercise myself
to have always a blameless conscience
toward God and men”
What if we were to commit to walking in such a way that we would diligently maintain a clear conscience before God and men?
What if we maintained a conscience so tender that we could not live in unforgiveness, where even an unkind word would violate our hearts, and we would seek to remedy its hurt?
What would happen if, in seeing God’s heart, we would begin to consider the things of others as more important than our own and exercise ourselves accordingly?
What if we were to speak the truth, regardless of the consequences, to our brothers and sisters?
“But speaking the truth in love…”
What if we grasped the truth of the accountability of every believer concerning the talents and the minas (pounds) given to each on the day of Judgement (Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 19:12-27)?
What if, like Paul, we could spend our lives unto tears admonishing the people of God to walk carefully in the Lord?
“…remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears” Acts 20:31
What if we did nothing out of selfishness and pride, no longer seeking the admiration of men but living in the humility of Jesus?
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves” Philippians 2:3
What if these were the things in which we spent our lives in earnest for His Glory?
“…let this mind be in you
that [is] also in Christ Jesus”
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“Christianity is not a voice in the wilderness, but a life in the world. It is not an idea in the air but feet on the ground going God’s way. It is not an exotic to be kept under glass, but a hardy plant to bear twelve months of fruits in all kinds of weather. Fidelity to duty is its root and branch. Nothing we can say to the Lord, no calling Him by great or dear names, can take the place of the plain doing of His will. We may cry out about the beauty of eating bread with Him in His kingdom, but it is wasted breath and a rootless hope unless we plow and plant in His kingdom here and now. To remember Him at His table and to forget Him at ours, is to have invested in bad securities. There is no substitute for plain, every-day goodness.”
Maltbie Davenport (Mattie D) Babcock