[June 4]
Whom having not seen, ye love;...yet believing ye rejoice with joy unspeakable. I Peter 1:8
QUITE a good many who bear the name of Christ have a hope toward God as respects the future, but very little of the joys of his salvation in the present time. Such are not living up to their privileges. They have not properly grown up into Christ, their living Head. They need to increase their faith by adding to it fortitude, knowledge, patience, godliness, love of the brethren, and love in general. As they thus comply with the terms of the school of Christ they will more and more be able to say not only that the Lord has lifted their feet from the horrible pit of sin and death and placed them upon the Rock Jesus Christ but also to add "He hath put a new song in my mouth, even the loving-kindness of our God." Z'05-31 R3496:5 (Hymn 113)