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APRIL 9

 

 

Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one

 receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain—1.Cor. 9:24.

 

 To gain the victory we must not only put on the armor of God, but we must also be heroes in the strife, and wage an aggressive warfare upon the lusts of the eye and flesh and pride of life and all the foes of righteousness and purity. Love—love for the Lord, for the Truth and for righteousness—must inspire us, or we shall never be victors. Love alone will keep us faithful even unto death, and make us meet for the inheritance of the saints. Where fervent love rules the heart, it implies that the heart is fully submitted to the Lord, and that means that nine-tenths of the battle is already won. But, even then, as the Apostle says (Jude 21), we must keep ourselves in the love of God, in watchfulness and prayer and zeal; and grace will abound where love abounds.

 

 

Parallel passages: Psa. 19:5; Eccles. 9:11; Jer.12:5; Phil. 3:14; Heb. 12:1;  1.Cor. 9:25-27; Gal. 2:2; 5:7; Phil. 2:16;  2.Tim. 2:5; 4:7,8; Eph. 6:12;  1.Tim. 6:12;  1.Pet. 1:4; 5:4; Jas. 1:12;  Rev. 3:11.