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Sunday
Apr022017

Daily Readings - John 7:10-24

J.C. Ryle, Daily Readings

Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgement. (John 7:24)

We are often to ready to be decieved by an appearance of good. We are in danger of rating some men as very good Christians because of a little outward profession of religion and a decent Sunday formality -- because, in short, they talk the language of Canaan and wear the garb of pilgrims. We forget that all is not good that appears good, even as all is not gold that glitters, and that daily practice, choice, tastes, habits, conduct, private character are the true evidence of what a man is. In a word, we forget our Lord's saying: 'Judge not according to the appearance.'

We are too ready, on the other hand, to be deceived by the appearance of evil. We must remember that the best of men are but men at their very best and that the most eminent saints may be overtaken by temptation and yet be saints at heart after all. We must not hastily suppose that all is evil where there is an occasional appearance of evil. The holiest man may fall sadly for a a time and yet the grace within him may finally get a victory. Is a man's general character godly? Then let us suspend our judgment when he falls and hpe on. Let us 'judge righteous judgment.'

Thursday
Mar302017

What think we of Christ ourselves?

From J.C. Ryle, Daily Readings:

What think we of Christ ourselves? This is the one question with which we have to do. Let us never be ashamed to be of that little number who believe on him, hear his voice, follow him and confess him before men. While others waste their time in vain jangling and unprofitable controversy, let us take up the cross and give all diligence to make our calling and election sure.

 

Sunday
Mar262017

Daily Readings - John 6:66-71

J.C. Ryle, Daily Readings
John 6:66-71

Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life?" (John 6:68) 

The question with which Peter begins is just as remarkable as his confession. 'To whom shall we go?' said the noble-hearted apostle. 'Whom shall we follow? To what teacher shall we take ourselves? Where shall we find any guide to heaven to compare with thee? What shall we gain by forsaking thee?'

The question is one which every true Christian may boldly ask when urged and tempted to give up his religion and go back to the world. It is easy for those who hate religion to pick holes in our conduct, to make objections to our doctrines, to find fault with our practices. It may be hard sometimes to give them any answer. But after all, 'To whom shall we go,' if we give up our religion? Where shall we find such peace and hope and solid comfort as in serving Christ, however poorly we serve him? Can we better ourselves by turning our back on Christ and going back to our old ways? We cannot. Then let us hold on our way and persevere.

Sunday
Mar192017

Daily Readings - Matthew 7:12-14

Daily Readings - Matthew 7:12-14
J.C. Ryle

In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets. (Matt 7:12)

This is the golden rule, indeed! It does not merely forbid all petty malice and revenge, all cheating and overreaching. It does much more. It settles a hundred difficult points which arise between mn, not by laying down endless rules, but by one mighty principle. It gives balance and measure by which duty is defined. What would be like others to do to us? Let us do it to them. What would we never want others to do to us? Let us not do it to them. A rules for honest use which decides many problems! 

Ryle's words, that we ponder how we want to be treated, by implication, means we should evaluate how we treat others. How are we perceived? Do we inadvertently treat others unkindly? Part of sorting through this matter is to avoid carelessness in how we treat others. And often, carelessness is a result of being too focused on ourselves and not others.

Sunday
Mar122017

Daily Readings - John 6:22-27

J.C. Ryle - Daily Readings
John 6:22-27

Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. (Matt 6:27)

How are we to labour? There is but one answer. We must labour in the use of appointed means. We must read our Bibles like men digging for hidden treasure. We must wrestly earnestly in prayer like men contending with a deadly enemy for life. We must take our whole heart to the house of God and worship and hear like those who listen to the reading of a will. We must fight daily against sin, the w orld, and the devil like those who fight for liberty and must conquer or be slaves.

Labour like this is no doubt very uncommon. In carrying it on we shall have little encouragement from man and shall often be told that we are 'extreme' and go too far. Strange and absurd as it is, the natural man is always fancying that we may take too much thought about religion and refusing to see that we are far more likely to take too much thought about the world. But whatever man might say, the soul will never get spiritual food without labour. We must 'strive,' we must 'run,' we must 'fight,' we must throw our whole heart into our soul's affairs.