JANUARY 15

 

What doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?—Micah 6: 8.

 

That these are very reasonable requirements will be conceded by all. That God could not require less from those whom He is educating for the future judging of the world, is evident; and yet, all three of these qualities specified through the Prophet, are comprehended in the one word, Love. Love requires that we shall deal justly with our neighbors, with the brethren, with our families, with ourselves; that we shall seek to cultivate our appreciation of the rights of others—their physical rights, their moral and intellectual rights, their liberties; and that, appreciating these, we shall in no sense of the word abridge or deny them.

 

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The sum of the Christian's duty is the fulfillment of the law of love toward God and man. To give every man his due, to exhibit the love of compassion for the weak, the unfortunate and the afflicted and deeply to appreciate the Divine character based upon a knowledge of our weaknesses and limitations in contrast with God's perfection, go a long way toward a proper comporting of oneself toward God and man.

 

Parallel passages: Matt. 22: 36-40; Deut. 10: 12; Psa. 41: 1; Mark 11: 25, 26; Eph. 4: 32; Col. 2: 13; Deut. 5: 33; Matt. 11: 29; John 13: 4-17; Phil. 2: 5-8; 1Pet. 5: 5, 6; 1John 1: 7.

 

Questions: What have I done with justice, mercy and humility this week? What prompted my actions therein? What resulted therefrom?

 

BEARING GOD'S BURDENS

 

I LONG had borne a weary load

Along life's rough and thorny road,

And oftentimes had wondered why

My friend walked burdenless, while I

Was forced to carry day by day

The cross which on my shoulders lay.

When, lo, one day the Master laid

Another cross on me! Dismayed

And faint, and trembling and distressed,

I cried, "Oh, I have longed for rest

These many days. I cannot bear

This other heavy load of care.

I pray Thee, Lord, behold this one—

 Shall I bear both while he hath none?"

No answer came. The cross was laid

On my poor back, and I was weighed

Down to the earth. And as I went

Toiling along and almost spent,

Again I cried, "Lord, have I been

Untrue to Thee? Is it for sin

That I have done, that I must still

Carry this cross against my will?"

"My child," the Master's voice returned,

"Hast thou not yet the lesson learned?

The burden thou hast borne so long

Hath only made thee grow more strong,

And fitted thee to bear for Me

This other load I lay on thee.

Thy brother is too weak as yet

To have a cross upon him set.

God's burdens rest upon the strong—

They stronger grow who bear them long,

And each new burden is a sign

That greater power to bear is thine."

So now no longer I repine,

Because a heavy cross is mine,

But struggle onward with the prayer,

Make me more worthy, Lord, to bear!

 

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