Daily Bible Readings in the Life of Christ
By J.R. Miller
20 August 2017
Morning Thoughts for Every Day of the Year
COLOSSIANS 3:17 “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”
IF we belong to Christ in heaven, we must make our lives here on earth correspond with the life of heaven. Our prayer is, “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” So we are to mortify, or make dead, all the things in our lives that are not right, or that are not done in heaven. This includes all desires and all acts and dispositions that are not white and clean.
We are to be in this world, walking in the midst of its evil, and are yet to keep ourselves unspotted from the world. The list of things we are to put away is a frightful one. It does not seem possible that we ever shall incline to do these things, and yet we are always in danger of doing them.
There are things also which we are to “put on”, and these are all beautiful things—a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness; we should write down the list and keep it where we may see it continually.
EVENING: CHRISTIAN CONVERSATION
THERE is a time for pleasantry and for humour. We are to talk about the bright, beautiful, joyful things around us. The Christian must not be sanctimonious. Religion suffers from nothing more than from cant. Our talk on business, on science, on pleasure, on whatever theme, should be fragrant with the perfumes of grace. An old proverb says: “The heart and the tongue are only a span apart” If a man’s heart is touched by the fire of God, his lips will speak ever words of beauty, truth, and gentle love on whatever theme he may speak.