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JUNE 23

 

 He that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth

the word, and understandeth it;  which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundred­fold, some sixty, some thirty

Matt. 13:23.

 

The different measures of fruitage—the thirty, sixty and hundredfold, or the ten pounds and the five, mark differences in obstacles to be overcome, etc., rather than unfaithfulness in the use of the means of grace. Some may work long and diligently for small results, while the same effort in others of more resolute will and of greater continuity may accomplish great things. Some by slips and occasional backslidings, from which they subsequently recover, lose time and opportunities which can never be regained, although they are forgiven and generously reinstated in the Divine favor, and thenceforth run with diligence and patience to the end.

 

Parallel passages: Gen. 26:12; Psa. 111:101; Isa. 35: 10, 11; Matt. 13: 3-8, 18-23; 25: 20.23; 6: 43-45;19: 6-9; John 12: 24; 15: 5, 8, 16; 1 Pet. 1: 23; Rom. 3: 22; Gal. 5: 22, 23; Phil. 1:11; 4: 17; Col. 1: 6; Heb.12: 11; Jas. 3:18.