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MARCH 10, 1954


An official news release from the Publicity Department of the offices of the Northern Pres- byterian (U.S.A.) Church in Philadelphia, Pa., includes this item:

“Dr. Eugene Carson Blake, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, was scheduled to testify on F.E.P.C. on behalf of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. before the U. S.

Senate Labor and Welfare Committee, on Thursday morning, February 25.”

Church agree that in our Church the Stated Clerk would never be authorized to appear before any Congressional Committee “on behalf” of the Church. Such authority has never been vested in any individual.

Furthermore, many outstanding Christians, fully informed on the implications of F.E.P.C., look upon the proposed legislation as coercion ipeés qpost flagrant form. Claiming to be “fair”

it is just the opposite, for it denies to thegpadiyidual "LIBS choice and invests in a mi- nority the right to force an employer ae 0 wn freedom may rebel. For instance, if this legislation were passed, and on oy one person and ten ap- plied; should one be a Negro, or a Catholic, and Bicrbiggn ef m Protestants; should a white person or a Protestant be chosen, the employ teotild. be made defendant in a federal suit to prove he had not discriminated against a Negro, or a Catholic, regardless of any number of other circumstances involved.

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Here, brethren, is a picture of coming events if union of the Churches transpires. Here we see the autocratic and authoritarian powers of church leaders. Here, also, we see a total dis- regard for our feelings and judgements in a specific matter.

Discriminating against and humiliation of minority groups is un-Christian, but the forcing and coercion of employers and denying to them the right of personal choice and personal treedom is a/so un-Christian.

Chat is not the way to solve the problem, nor should a Church, or a representative of a Church, try to secure legislation which violates human rights in another direction.

trothers—stay out of this proposed union.

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rene You A “Complete” Christian?

Many years ago Dr. Hugh Cabot wrote that a complete man is one who works, plays, loves and worships. This may be carried further by stating that a complete Christian is one who does all of these things.

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It is an unfortunate fact that so many Christians are lacking in some aspect of their living. Some may not be as diligent in their work as they should be. Some may give little time, or too much time, to play or recreation. Others may lead exemplary lives but show little evidence of loving their fellow man. Others may worship in outward form but never come close to God in their hearts.

The dignity and duty of work is upheld all through the Bible. Idleness, slothfulness, looking to others for support—all are sinful and so labeled in the Scriptures.

Many Christians hurt both their usefulness and also their testimony by not knowing how to relax, to play. While the opposite too much time in games, light reading, etc., may more often be the case, nevertheless we know Christians who look up- on games and amusements as sin. As a result they themselves have become soured and unattractive.

Certainly we Christians often fail in our love for others. It is not sufficient to wish the needy well. It is necessary that we show our love by deeds. The testimony of a loving deed will enrich and make effective the word spoken for Christ.

No man has found rest until he finds it in peace with God. True Worship is that act of adoration and fellowship which comes from a heart made happy and secure through faith in Jesus Christ. We


usually associate worship with attendance at church, and we do worship God in the hallowed quietness of the sanctuary. But, worship is also an attitude of heart and mind by which we enjoy fellowship with our Lord, in the quietness of our room, driving along the highway, in the exercise of our business, home and professional duties, in the class-room; in fact, we can worship God at any time and without a spoken word.

To be well-rounded Christians we must con- stantly use the means of grace God has so abundant- ly provided. Prayer, praise, Bible study? Yes. Wholesome recreation and games? Yes. Giving ac- tive expression of our love for others? Yes. Living with a sense of His constant presence in our lives— an attitude which makes worship imperative and joyous? Yes.

“For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are

God's.” —L.N.B.

Great Faith

“O Woman, Great is Thy Faith.” “I have not found so Great Faith, no, not in Israel.”

These are the two cases where our Lord Jesus com- mended suppliants for their great faith. One was a Greek woman, the other a Roman Centurion— neither was an Israelite. This fact might be weighed by those who think that the other Centurion could not have made a great confession at the Cross be- cause he was a pagan. But to return to the two whose faith Jesus commended, each exercised this great faith vicariously, that is, not for self but for another. The one came for her daughter, the other sent to our Lord for his servant. The most notable thing about the two cases is that their faith glorified not the believer, but magnified the greatness of the


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Saviour. They testified to their own insufficiency and to the all-sufficiency of Christ. They proclaimed their own unworthiness and cast themselves and their cause on the mercy and might of the Lord.

These who believed greatly come under the zgis of the beatitudes. Had they been at the Sermon on the Mount, they might well have taken these words to themselves :

“Blessed are the poor—the destitute—in spirit . .. “Blessed are the meek... “Blessed are they that mourn...

“Blessed are those that hunger and thirst after righteousness.”

On the story of the Canaanitish woman we have built one of our best communion hymns:

“Not worthy, Lord, to gather up the crumbs That from Thy table fall, A weary, heavy-laden sinner comes To plead Thy promise and obey Thy call.”

The Syrophoenician mother cried to the Son of David for mercy on her daughter. She had the grace of humility that cried importunately to Him even when He remained silent. Yes, she continued her case even when the disciples wanted to send her away. Yet in her humble cry for mercy, she did not try to control Christ, to be His lord. She submitted to the Lordship of her Saviour. Magic seeks to con- trol God, to be His Lord; religion submits to the Lordship of God. Even when Jesus said, I am not sent but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, “she worshipped Him, saying Lord help me.’”’ When He told her it was not meet to take the children’s bread and to give it to dogs; she begged for the crumbs that the little house dogs eat as they fall from their masters’s table. Taking the least and lowest place beneath her Master she cast herself and her daughter wholly on the mercy of her Lord. His answer was: “OQ woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt!”

As the woman pleaded for mercy, so the Cen- turion laid hold on the might of the Lord. As a man under authority, he gave commands: “Go,” “Come,” “Do this.” And his commands were executed with military precision. So he recognized the Lord Jesus’ authority to speak the word of command and have it executed. So absolute is the word of the Lord Christ that it is carried out even without His per- sonal, visible Presence. And to this confession of His authority Jesus answered: “I have not found so

great—or so much—faith, no not in Israel.” He further used this occasion to prophesy that many should come from the North and the South, the East and the West, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the Kingdom. From the far- therest and from the lowest places these two sup- pliants came with no claim of privilege, or greatness in themselves ... with a faith that magnified the mercy and the might of the Lord Jesus.

Saving faith does not justify on account of its worth, dignity or excellency or of any inherent per- sonal righteousness of the believer. Rather coming to Christ consists of a man’s going out of himself, in a complete renunciation of all one’s own worth, position, or privilege, and a betaking oneself with all his trust and confidence in Christ alone. Were faith to offer my believing as its righteousness that would mean having an imperfect righteousness; but when faith lays hold on Christ as made unto us righteousness of God, it has a breastplate of perfect righteousness. Faith is that act of the soul wherein one who is hopeless, helpless, and lost in himself, does in expectancy and trust seek for all help and relief in Christ alone. Or as our Dr. Girardeau put it:

“Faith involves the absolute renunciation of merit, and absolute reliance upon the meritor- ious obedience of Christ.” “It is the emptiness filled with Christ’s fullness; impotence lying down on Christ’s strength ... ALL IT DOES IS TO TAKE WHAT Gop GIVES—CHRIST AND His RIGHTEOUSNESS: CHRIST AS THE JUSTIFYING SAVIOUR AND CHRIST’S RIGHTEOUSNESS AS THE ONLY JUSTIFYING RIGHTEOUSNESS.”

“Jesus, how glorious is Thy Grace! When in Thy Name we trust; Our faith receives a righteousness That makes the sinner just.”

—Wm. C. R.

There Is Great Need For Discriminating Judgement

We live in a time when statements, movements, organizations and activities need to be evaluated on the basis of background and intention, a process which is exceedingly difficult for the average citizen today.

Behind the scenes there are at least four widely differing philosophies of life which are contending

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for the hearts, the minds and the allegiance of in- dividuals.

One of the least publicized but most insidious of all is secularism. Here we have the Epicurean of old, the man who is content to go along with any development which will give him ease of living and peaceful conditions in which he can enjoy the good things of life. For him life holds no interest in the future. He is willing to cooperate with any society which will afford immediate security and produce those avenues of mental and scientific attainment and personal comfort which gratify the senses of man, whether they be intellectual, material or sen- sual. God has no place in this way of life. unless He is looked upon as a benevolent Santa Claus to make life pleasant and afford the peace which makes it possible to forget Him.

A second philosophy which confronts the world is Communism. Here there is a vigorous and dedicated ideology, inspired by Satan himself—a considered and persistent plan to take over the world and run it on principles contrary to established social. eco- nomic and spiritual laws. It is anti-God. anti-Christ, anti-Church, It denies to the individual every free- dom, every right and every blessing which is inher- ent in faith in God and His Christ. There is no more damning evidence against what Communism really is than the desire of men and women who have lived under its power to get away from it. The stream of refugees is always away from Commun- ism. Only those who have surrendered their hearts, minds and wills to it, and, in doing so have rejected that which is good and right, are its devoted fol- lowers. Among its follows also are those young peo- ple who have been trained in its false philosophies and who have never had a chance to know any other way of life, or of thinking. Communism lies bare for the world to see today. Surely there should be no misunderstanding as to its ultimate aims, or its immediate effect!

In the third place Roman Catholicism is contend- ing, not only for the allegiance of individuals but also for political power with which to further its own interests. This Church has always taken ad- vantage of any and every world situation which might be turned to her own advantage. Rome’s espousal of Mussolini’s cruel invasion of Ethiopia was an illustration of the end justifying, in her eyes, the. means. The blatant and open persecution of Protestants in some Latin American countries, par- ticularly in Columbia, could be stopped tomorrow on orders from Rome, but they do not come. Despite all of this the Roman Catholic Church numbers in its membership great hosts of true Christians, men and women who believe in and accep: Christ as Saviour, although in doctrine and practice they ac- cept accretions to the Christian faith and practice which are unscriptural and therefore unjustified.

Finally, there is the Protestant Church, founded on the Word of God with the freedo-ns which are

inherent in such faith. Here: are to Le found the


great affirmations of the sovereignty of God, man’s sinful and lost state, justification by faith and faith alone, and the obligation to live a life consistent

with such a faith—a life in which personal conduct and service to others are on a plane with the spirit- ual obligation which devolves upon those who have been redeemed.

Protestantism has been the fountain head of po- litical democracy and the very basis on which free men have been able to live and to govern and be governed according to the dictates of freedom and right. A Protestant constituency is never satisfied with any form of government which is not founded on and continued in the freedoms inherent in Pro- testant Christianity.

On the other hand, absolute monarchies, dicta- torships and other forms of government which exist by fiat and continue by oppression, are to be found where Protestantism is not established. .

This estimate of the philosophies which are con- tending for the hearts, minds and allegiance of men does not mean that the differences are always so obvious. Nor does it mean that the behind-the-scenes activities can always be determined or understood.

There are some who are so opposed to Commun- ism that they do not see dangers in other ways of life. There are some who are so disturbed by the activities of the Roman Catholic Church that they unwittingly play into the hands of the Communists.

Here are some of the problems we face. The fact of Communist infiltration in American life is an established one. It is a serious thing and it is neces- sary that the ramifications of Communist intrigue be ferreted out to the end. But, it is also a fact that the Roman Catholic Church, or its agents, are sub- verting this patriotic duty and political necessity to their own ends. Senator McCarthy is a Catholic. It is stated that the present files of governmental employees are tagged, “R. C.,” if the individual is a Catholic; in which case he is not subjected to in- vestigation. The writer was recently informed by a high government official that in the policy-making group within the State Department only one Pro- testant is left. Also, it is reported that those en- trusted with employing government personnel are giving preference to Catholics because they probably will not be molested by investigations.

What then to do? Shall we ignore Communistic infiltration, or leave its eradication to Catholic in- terests? Surely that is not the answer. Nor shall we obliquely attack Catholicism by either coddling or compromising with Communism. We believe this was the inherent weakness in the controversial “Let- ter to Presbyterians ;” for, those responsible for that letter were so concerned about “methods” of in- vestigation that they advocated consultation and negotiation with Communism, something we feel utterly unrealistic and unjustified from the Chris- tian standpoint.

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to face all of the facts and act in the light of those facts, not on the basis of preference for one or fear of the other. We do not believe that it is the place of the Church, as such, to enter the lists in these matters, except as a clear and unequivocal spiritual and moral issue is at stake. Rather we believe that Christians, as vocal and sovereign citizens, should make their views and opinions known at the ballot box and through their accredited representatives. It is Our experience that our representatives in Wash- ington want to know the views of those they repre- sent. Also, despite the joking assertion that the average politician is capable of the feat of “strad- dling the fence while keeping one ear to the ground,” we believe that most of our congressmen and senators genuinely wish to know and do that which is best for our country as a whole.

The solution of the immediate problem of having the absolutely necessary investigations carried out on subversive infiltration might be as follows: a. Re- move it entirely from partisan politics. b. An ad- mission by both political parties that the investiga- tions must be carried out without fear or favor to either party, for the best interests of the nation as a whole. c. Appoint to the commission of investiga- tion a bi-partisan group of men of known and proven ability and patriotism. d. Invest in this com- mission powers which would enable them to in- vestigate fully, at the same time, giving them access to all relevant and necessary legal aids.

We believe that such a solution would strike real fear into the hearts of those who are disloyal to their country and, at the same time restore to the nation a feeling of confidence that we are receiving the protection we need. Where monopolistic trends which cater to any particular Church are found, this wholly un-American procedure would be elimi- nated. Where men are discovered who own alle- giance to an alien and subversive power they would be dealt with without reference to their supposed political affiliations here at home.

These suggestions are not perfect, nor are they comprehensive, but they do suggest a way to meet a need, and to do so decently and in order.




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Tony’s Prayer

About thirty years ago I was in a revival meeting with my good friend John Blair Morton, in a coal mining camp on Paint Creek, W. Va. There was a native of Italy, a convert from Catholicism, who attended our meeting. We had prayer meeting in a S. S. room before preaching each night. Tony was a regular attendant. As usual I called for volun- tary prayers, and this was one of Tony’s prayers. In broken English he said:

“God bress man he no come to church, God bress man he no read Bible, God bress man he no have friends, God bress man he nobody pray for, For Jesus sake, Amen.”

That prayer stuck in my memory, and I thought of “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man

that availeth much.” —J.E.F.


(By The Editor Of The Testament For Fishers Of Men)

Lesson Number 50

“And alittle child shall lead them.” —Isaiah 11:6.

Here is a story perhaps hard to believe, but the writer personally vouches for it. It happened about two weeks ago (latter part of January, 1954). A certain couple, earnest Christians, have two little sons, one 414, the other, 3. The mother has re- cently begun to teach 414 the “Child’s Catechism” (“Catechism For Young Children, An Introduction to the Shorter Catechism”). The little fellow eag- erly absorbs it and voluntarily repeats both ques- tions and answers at odd times between lessons. They live a few miles from the Blue Ridge Park- way. One night at three o’clock a. m., when the mercury was hovering just a few degrees above zero, they were awakened by a knock on the front door. There stood a shivering man and woman, half frozen, asking for shelter and help. Their car had stalled on the Parkway, 8 miles distant, and they had walked all the way down the mountain to find shelter from the cold. They were warmly in- vited in and hot coffee was quickly provided. Then the host offered to get out his car and take the man back to the stalled car on the mountain and get it started again by pushing. So the two men left for the Parkway. The strangers were both smelling pretty strong of whiskey, but the hot coffee had a sobering effect. While the hostess was trying to make her guest comfortable and wondering what she might say to her to help her spiritually, for it was evident from her language that she was a god- less person, a strange thing happened. Little 414


in his bed in an adjoining room was awakened by the unusual commotion. He climbed out and in his nighties walked into the room where his mother and her guest sat before the fire. Mother drew the child to her side while she introduced him to the stranger, explaining how she happened to be there. Then like a bolt out of a clear sky, the little fellow, looking wide-eyed into the stranger’s face, said: “Do you know you have a soul that can never die?” It was from No. 19 in the Child’s Catechism. There was silence for a moment. Then the woman burst into tears, and began to tell how her mother had taught her about God when she was a girl, confessing that she had strayed far away—that she had not been inside a church in many years. But here is another strange thing. That sweet and kind, hospitable Christian mother was unable to tell the lost strang- er how to find Christ. She says that her tongue simply clove to the roof of her mouth. She did not know just what to say, or how to say it. To- ward daylight the men returned with both cars, and the strangers went on their way. Whither?

Who knows?

There are two striking lessons in this incident. The first, how wise to teach a little child the Word of God by means of the Child’s Catechism. Even in the tender years they “take it in” with surprising understanding. The second, how important to pre- pare for opportunities like this one just described. Do some special training for it. Practice by repeat- ing to yourself the urgent need of salvation and the simple steps to attain it. Memorize some of the salient statements in God’s Word concerning it. Pray. Pray in the quiet time of meditation and as you read the Word. Pray in the presence of the opportunity. The Holy Spirit is immediately pres- ent, ready to put the power into your effort. Don’t be afraid; “get right in there and pitch!”

LIQUOR People Of Distinction

One of the most dastardly and inhuman crimes in modern annals was the kidnaping and slaying of Bobby Greenlease. Carl Austin Hall, an alcoholic and dope addict, concocted the scheme. His ac- complice was Bonnie Brown Heady, an alcoholic and reputed prostitute.

The attorney for Hall objected to the statement of the judge to the jury in which he said that there were “no mitigating circumstances.” He said that the “distortion and perversion” in Hall’s character was a “mitigating circumstance.” This, said the attorney, “undoubtedly was caused by the excessive use of liquor.”

So, dear reader, while you are aghast at the crime and approve the verdict of the jury and the judge, just remember that these two were not the only criminals. There were the men (and barmaids)


who sold the liquor, first to a girl and a boy who were only beginning to drink then to the woman and the man who were now in the power of drink; then to the base and abandoned pair who committed the crime.

So we are reminded again of what liquor can do, or help some people to do.

So to the long list of derelicts, degenerates, aban- doned by God and men, we have one more “Man of Distinction,” Carl Austin Hall. And to the list of women who have fallen lower than the brute creation we have one more “Woman of Distine- tion,” Bonnie Brown Heady.

Liquor graduated these early the one at forty- one, the other at thirty-five. Still not as young as some. While the crime revolts us, let us not forget the way the criminals came.

But is God’s judgment upon those two only, or also upon all who manufacture, serve, sell, adver- tise, vote for liquor?

“Woe unto him that giveth his neighbor drink, that puttest thy bottle to him and makest him drunken.” —The Church Herald.

Missions On The Firing Line

(Third in a series of articles by Rev. Joe B. Hopper, one of our Missionaries to Korea.)

Orphans - GIs And Chaplains

Every war breeds orphans, and the Korean war has produced more than its share. Families have been separated, parents killed, and the result is thousands of orphans, the majority of whom are cared for in orphanages run by Korean Christians who have risen to meet the need. But thank God for the American Gls who have been life-savers in this situation! They shower the orphans with candy and chewing gum, leaving clothing and food and money with the orphanage superintendents. They have given hundreds of thousands of dollars to orphanages in Korea. The chaplains encourage this expression of the natural kindness of the GI toward children, It was my privilege to work closely with a number of chaplains, advising in the appropria- tions to orphanages and helping turn their currency into Korean money.

Our chaplains are doing a splendid job. They are the busiest men in the armed services, working seven days a week from dawn to bedtime, holding services, counselling their men, visiting the sick and wounded, and spending much time and effort in aiding orphanages, refugees and churches. One chaplain whom I knew had a prayer with the pilots of his outfit each day before they took off on mis- sions over North Korea. Another flies all over South Korea in a light plane ministering to the


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spiritual needs of the KMAG—the American of- ficers and men who advise Korean military units.

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Jesus was accused of many violations of the ancient law; but none of these who were watching for some cause of offense in Him ever accused Him of neglecting the tithe.

Everybody knows that the usual way of raising money for the Church has something the matter with it.

It makes Christians into coaxers and beggars.

It makes sincere Christians ashamed, that the work of the Church is done on the money of men- dicancy.

It puts means above ends; we are forced to give concerts for money, not music; to hold suppers for profit, not sociability; to distribute books for a commission, not instruction; and generally to de- grade and pauperize the greatest business on earth.

It makes the money bag the measure of recogni- tion, and mortgages the Church’s conscience to its heavy givers.

It uses up time and strength in getting the tools for the work, which ought to be spent on the work itself. (The time used up by financial committees in the course of a year is estimated at one man’s working time for three hundred years).

With all its other disadvantages, some people might defend it if it did but work, but it is a self- confessed failure. Like the perpetual motion machine in the Patent Office, it is highly complicated and very ingenious, but it won’t work. | —Layman.

Recommend The Journal To Friends

MARCH 10, 1954

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The New Commandment

Background Scripture: John 13-14. Devo- tional Reading: I John 4:11-21.

This is not a “new” commandment in the sense that it had never been given before. If we turn to Leviti- cus 19:18 we read these words: “Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: I am the Lord.” It is new in a fuller sense, even as illustrated in the love that Jesus had for His disciples: “4s I have loved you.” The supreme exhibition of love is found in our Lord Jesus Christ and He is urging them to love as He loved.

This comes out in our Devotional Reading, I John 4:11-12. In verse 10 we are reminded that “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” “Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.” And then in verse 19, “We love him because he first loved us” (R. V. omits “him’’). Love begins with God, and it is only as He puts His love in our hearts that we can love. “God, is love; and he that dwelleth in love

dwelleth in God, and God in him.”

Keeping this thought in mind will help us to understand what Jesus did, and what He said in these two chapters. What sort of love do we find illustrated here?

I. An Enduring Love: bSci.

“Having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.’ The disciples were weak and full of faults. They failed Him and dis- appointed Him so often, that we see how little they deserved His love. Even in these closing hours of His life on earth they were thinking of them- selves rather than Jesus. They resumed the discus- sion as to which one of them would be the greatest in the ‘Kingdom. They failed Him just after this in His hour of need in the Garden. One of them— the leader—was going to deny Him, while the traitor, Judas, was plotting to betray Him. All were going to forsake Him and flee in the face of danger. They were unworthy of His love, and yet He loved them unto the end. “O Love that will not let me go;” This was the kind of enduring love that Jesus had for His own. Let us never cease to praise Him for this same love which He has today for “His own.”

II. A Love That Stooped to Serve: 2-17.

This scene in the Upper Room is given us only by John and reveals in a striking manner the nature of Jesus’ love; it was a love that served. The dis-


ciples had made ready for the eating of the Pass- over Feast, and they had come and were gathered for the Supper, the Revised Version says “during supper,” He ariseth from supper and girds Himself with a towel and washed the feet of the disciples. Peter at first said, Thou shalt never wash my feet, but when Jesus told him that he would have no part with Him, he said, Not my feet only. but my hands and my head. I suppose that all of them felt ashamed of themselves, for evidently they knew that they had not shown the right spirit. It was a servant’s place to wash the feet of guests, and none of them was willing to take the servant’s place. So the “Servant of Jehovah” performed this menial task.

What a lesson in humble service! The whole picture is one that should be treasured in our hearts. We do not need to do exactly this sort of thing in our day, for customs have changed, and we no longer do as they did in the East in Jesus’ day, but the lesson for us remains, and it is a needed lesson. There are many ways in which we can mani- fest the same Christ-like spirit. There should be no task in the service of our fellow men that we feel to be too small or too low for us to perform. “For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.” We can hardly carry out the letter of the law in this particular, but we should carry out the principle of it. “If ye know these things, happy (blessed) are ye if ye do them.” Here is another Beatitude we can add to those in the opening verses of the Sermon on the Mount. The path of Humble Service is not only the path to Greatness in the Kingdom, but it is also the path to real happiness. Many have found this to be true.

III. A Suffering Love: 18.38.

Jesus suffered in the house of His friends, and at the hands of His friends. His suffering later was at the hands of His enemies, but now He was begin- ning to feel the pain that comes when our friends


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