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The Imitation of Christ

Thomas Hemerken of Kempen, or Thomas À Kempis as he is now known.
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Mar 28
Music on this page is from the Don Francisco site at
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This song is by Don Francisco
Album
The Package - Collection VolIII 2004
Song = Gonna Walk


Mar 28

1. Thoughts Helpful in the Life of the Soul

1.14 Avoiding Rash Judgment

TURN your attention upon yourself and beware of judging thedeeds of other men, for in judging others a man labors vainly,often makes mistakes, and easily sins; whereas, in judging andtaking stock of himself he does something that is alwaysprofitable.

We frequently judge that things are as we wish them to be, forthrough personal feeling true perspective is easily lost.

If God were the sole object of our desire, we should not bedisturbed so easily by opposition to our opinions. But oftensomething lurks within or happens from without to draw us alongwith it.

Many, unawares, seek themselves in the things they do. Theyseem even to enjoy peace of mind when things happen according totheir wish and liking, but if otherwise than they desire, theyare soon disturbed and saddened. Differences of feeling andopinion often divide friends and acquaintances, even those whoare religious and devout.

An old habit is hard to break, and no one is willing to be ledfarther than he can see.

If you rely more upon your intelligence or industry than uponthe virtue of submission to Jesus Christ, you will hardly, and inany case slowly, become an enlightened man. God wants us to becompletely subject to Him and, through ardent love, to rise aboveall human wisdom.



March 28-Morning {Daily Reading: #Jud 15:1-17:13} {Quick Study: #1Sa 4:1-7:17}

"The love of Christ which passeth knowledge." {#Eph 3:19}

The love of Christ in its sweetness, its fulness, its greatness, its faithfulness, passeth all human comprehension. Where shall language be found which shall describe his matchless, his unparalleled love towards the children of men? It is so vast and boundless that, as the swallow but skimmeth the water, and diveth not into its depths, so all descriptive words but touch the surface, while depths immeasurable lie beneath. Well might the poet say,

O love, thou fathomless abyss!

for this love of Christ is indeed measureless and fathomless; none can attain unto it. Before we can have any right idea of the love of Jesus, we must understand his previous glory in its height of majesty, and his incarnation upon the earth in all its depths of shame. But who can tell us the majesty of Christ? When he was enthroned in the highest heavens he was very God of very God; by him were the heavens made, and all the hosts thereof. His own almighty arm upheld the spheres; the praises of cherubim and seraphim perpetually surrounded him; the full chorus of the hallelujahs of the universe unceasingly flowed to the foot of his throne: he reigned supreme above all his creatures, God over all, blessed for ever. Who can tell his height of glory then? And who, on the other hand, can tell how low he descended? To be a man was something, to be a man of sorrows was far more; to bleed, and die, and suffer, these were much for him who was the Son of God; but to suffer such unparalleled agony—to endure a death of shame and desertion by his Father, this is a depth of condescending love which the most inspired mind must utterly fail to fathom. Herein is love! and truly it is love that "passeth knowledge." O let this love fill our hearts with adoring gratitude, and lead us to practical manifestations of its power.



And Also

March 28-Evening

"I will accept you with your sweet savour." {#Eze 20:41}

The merits of our great Redeemer are as sweet savour to the Most High. Whether we speak of the active or passive righteousness of Christ, there is an equal fragrance. There was a sweet savour in his active life by which he honoured the law of God, and made every precept to glitter like a precious jewel in the pure setting of his own person. Such, too, was his passive obedience, when he endured with unmurmuring submission, hunger and thirst, cold and nakedness, and at length sweat great drops of blood in Gethsemane, gave his back to the smiters, and his cheeks to them that plucked out the hair, and was fastened to the cruel wood, that he might suffer the wrath of God in our behalf. These two things are sweet before the Most High; and for the sake of his doing and his dying, his substitutionary sufferings and his vicarious obedience, the Lord our God accepts us. What a preciousness must there be in him to overcome our want of preciousness! What a sweet savour to put away our ill savour! What a cleansing power in his blood to take away sin such as ours! and what glory in his righteousness to make such unacceptable creatures to be accepted in the Beloved! Mark, believer, how sure and unchanging must be our acceptance, since it is in him! Take care that you never doubt your acceptance in Jesus. You cannot be accepted without Christ; but, when you have received his merit, you cannot be unaccepted. Notwithstanding all your doubts, and fears, and sins, Jehovah’s gracious eye never looks upon you in anger; though he sees sin in you, in yourself, yet when he looks at you through Christ, he sees no sin. You are always accepted in Christ, are always blessed and dear to the Father’s heart. Therefore lift up a song, and as you see the smoking incense of the merit of the Saviour coming up, this evening, before the sapphire throne, let the incense of your praise go up also.



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