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DECEMBER 9

 

 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation;

for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love HimJas. 1:12.

 

  If we could but keep in memory the fact that every trial, every persecution, every difficulty of life, permitted to come upon those who have made the covenant of sacrifice with the Lord, is intended to prove them, to test their love, to see whether or not their characters are fixed, rooted and grounded in righteousness, and being built up in love, it would put all these trials, difficulties and temptations in a new light before us, and greatly assist us in fighting a good fight and overcoming. We would say, If by these little trials the Lord is proving my love and devotion to Him, then, however trifling they may be or however important, I will diligently use them as favourable opportunities to demonstrate to my Lord the fullness of my love and devotion to Him and His cause.

 

 

Parallel passages: Job 5:17; Psalm. 94:12; 119: 67, 71; Proverbs. 3: 11, 12; Matthew. 24: 13; 1.Cor. 9: 25; 2.Tim. 4: 8; 1.Peter. 5: 4; Matthew. 19: 28, 29; James. 2: 5; Rev. 2: 10.