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Love looks beyond the faults of a Brother,

has patience with the “faultless” Brother 🙂 or :(,

and prays for the false Brother.

 

– eab, 10/13/14

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…The sovereignty of God.  I could not bear that it should be wholly at God’s pleasure, to save or damn me, just as He would. 

  – Jonathan Edwards, Life and Diary of David Brainerd (Chicago: Moody Press, n.d.), 27.

 

…Sundry passages of God’s Word opened to my soul with divine clearness, power, and sweetness, so as to appear exceeding precious…

  – Jonathan Edwards, Life and Diary of David Brainerd (Chicago: Moody Press, n.d.), 33.

 

It is good to wrestle for divine blessings.

  – Jonathan Edwards, Life and Diary of David Brainerd (Chicago: Moody Press, n.d.), 43.

 

It is better to wait upon God with patience than to confidence in anything in this lower world.

  – Jonathan Edwards, Life and Diary of David Brainerd (Chicago: Moody Press, n.d.), 87.

 

After I rode more than two miles [horseback], it came to my mind to dedicate myself to God again; which I did with great solemnity and unspeakable satisfaction.

  – Jonathan Edwards, Life and Diary of David Brainerd (Chicago: Moody Press, n.d.), 105.

 

God was gracious to me, helping me to plead with Him for holiness, and to use the stronger arguments with Him, drawn from the incarnation and sufferings of Christ for this very end, that men might be made holy.

  – Jonathan Edwards, Life and Diary of David Brainerd (Chicago: Moody Press, n.d.), 113.

 

David Brainerd was born this date (4/20/1718) at Haddan Connecticut.  He was a missionary to the Stockbridge, Delaware, and Susquehanna Indians.  He prayed, worked, and was exposed to bad weather so much that he was dead at 29 – almost appearing to fail.  But tradition has it a William Carey went to India, Robert McCheyne to the Jews, Henry Martyn to India, as a result (at least in part) of reading his Journal

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Is your patience ever thinning?

Almost, if not actually, sinning?

Has grouchiness replaced your happy song?

Do your neighbors really try you,

‘Specially the ones too nigh you?

Frankly, you wish they’d just “move along.”

 

Do you see you are “justly” proud,

(Though hesitant to say it too loud)

Of your clever, cool, and cunningly big brain?

Proud of how smart you really are,

(Smarter than your family – by far,

Being ‘round them has become a big drain.)

 

Do you find your soul quite jealous,

Of your brother-n-law who’s zealous

In his sales, and has made “a nice big pile”?

Does bile fill your carnal liver,

When he shows you his new “flivver,”

And you both know yours is a forced smile?

 

Has old carnal anger got you,

To the verge of murder now brought you? 

Oh! If you could just this once commit it.

You won’t shed a tear when they die,

To say you’re sad would be a lie,

Anger’s got you will you admit it?

 

Your are “nice” – if you have your way.

(“They should listen to all that I say.”)

But to be stubborn you would not lay claim.

You solemnly, sensibly fight,

(Everyone should know this is right.)

“Right” and your opinion are the same.

 

God can remove the carnal traits,

Love can replace the long list of hates.

Love is the most universal power. 

You may have a trait or just two,

Which flare and show readily through,

But behind them, all traits now cower.

 

Although “the order” seems so tall, 

The Holy Ghost can remove them all,

Pull them, like you remove unwanted weeds.

(Weeds that ruin your garden’s art)

God like-wise can “de-weed” your heart,

Cleaning out evil motives and deeds.

 

Confess the whole, cruel, carnal host,

Now allow the blessed Holy Ghost,

To remove Adam’s fully bad, sad “crew.”

God can then fill that empty place,

With such abundant loving grace,

His ancient love will make your heart new.

 

Come, Friend, accept His promised love.

It is why He came from heaven above;

Love’s what brought the Lord Jesus way down here.

Freely become His holy child;

You’ll fine His ways both meek and mild.

And Love’s the sole way to go up there!  – eab, 2/8/06 (revised 2/23/06)

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