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OCTOBER 28

 

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me. . . to comfort all that mourn. . 

to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning—Isa. 61:1-3.

 

 Our commission is to seek out the meek and the mourning ones, who have appreciated their own shortcomings and weaknesses, and who are looking for refuge and deliverance. It is part of our commission to point them to the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, to point them to the beauty of the resurrection for the ashes of death, and the glories which the Lord has promised by and by to take the place of the spirit of heaviness and disappointment and sorrow and trouble of this present time. It is our commission to tell such that “Joy cometh in the morning,” and to assist them to arise and at once put on the garments of praise, and to begin to walk in newness of life, with a “new song in their mouths even the loving-kindness of our God”.

 

 

Parallel passages: Matthew. 3:16, 17; Acts 10: 38; 4:1-4; 2.Cor. 1:21,22; l. John 2: 20, 27; Psa. 119:50, 52, 54, 92, 143; 147:3; Isa. 40:1,2; 51:3, 12; John 16:33; 2.Cor. 1:2-7; Ezek. 9:3,4; l.Thes. 4:18.