The best company

“I am always best when alone.

No place is like my own study:

no company like good books;

especially the book of God.”

– Matthew Henry, 1662-1714,

Author of: Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible

 

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The Golden Rule

Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.  – Matthew 7:12

He lays down a general principle for our guidance in all doubtful questions between man and man. We are “to do to others as we would have others do to us.” We are not to deal with others as others deal with us. This is mere selfishness and heathenism. We are to deal with others as we would like others to deal with us. This is real Christianity.

This is a golden rule indeed! It does not merely forbid all petty malice and revenge, all cheating and over-reaching. It does much more. It settles a hundred difficult points, which in a world like this are continually arising between man and man. It prevents the necessity of laying down endless little rules for our conduct in specific cases. It sweeps the whole debatable ground with one mighty principle. It shows us a balance and measure, by which every one may see at once what is his duty. Is there a thing we would not like our neighbor to do to us? Then let us always remember, that this is the thing we ought not to do to him. Is there a thing we would like him to do to us? Then this is the very thing we ought to do to him. How many intricate questions would be decided at once, if this rule were honestly used!

J. C. Ryle, 1816 – 1900

 

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Afflictions

My heart feels for you, my dear friend, in your deep, deep trial. This present world is a world of sadness; but when we think of that world which is to come, into which sorrow never enters, and how soon we may be there, we may well “rejoice in tribulation.” Our “light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” In all your sorrows, pour out your heart to the Man of sorrows. He will bow down His ear and listen to all you say, and will either remove or moderate your trial, and give you strength to bear it. Even this bitter draught He has given you to drink shall result both in your good and His own glory. Remember, not a sparrow falls upon the ground without His guidance, and that the very hairs of your head are all numbered. How much more has this trying event been ordered and arranged by Him who loves you! Infinite wisdom has appointed the whole! Never doubt that He loves you when He the most deeply afflicts. “When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.” May He lift up upon you the light of His countenance, drawing you nearer to Himself, that you may see what a tender, loving heart He has for you, and how deeply and tenderly and considerately He cares for you, as if there were not another poor sorrowful one to care for on the face of the whole earth!

Mary Winslow, 1774-1854, Walking with Jesus

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Industry

 

He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich. – Proverbs 10:4

“God has ordered, in the course of his providence, that he who will not work shall not eat. And he always blesses the work of the industrious man.”

– Adam Clarke, 1762-1832, Adam Clarke’s Commentary

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Dying to Self

Another step in the death of self is to seek in every thing to be child-like, and extremely simple in our manners, words, dress, tastes, and interior experiences. Self naturally feeds on complexity and things grand and large and loud.

Christ is the very embodiment of divine and eternal simplicity.
The deeper we sink into the Christ-life, the more we become disappointing to the people.
Our learning, or talents will not show off to such fine advantage.
We talk less.
We live more quietly and interiorly.
Our labors are less ostentatious.
We do more hard fighting with fewer dress-parades.
We bring things to pass through prayers and faith in God more than by outward showy methods.
We love to live like God, a profound hidden life,
in which people think we don’t amount to very much.
This is one of the tests of sinking out of self.

G. D. Watson, 1845-1924

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