Sunday, July 30, 2006

* We Are To Do Good To Our Neighbors *

Withhold not good from them to whom it is
due, when it is in the power of thine hand
.to do it Prov. 3:27

So ready, so eager is the Saviour's heart to welcome
us as members of the family of God, that in the very
first words we are to use in approaching God, He places
... ."the assurance of our divine relationship,-"Our Father
In calling God our Father, we recognize all His children
as our brethren. We are all a part of the great web of
humanity, all members of one family. In our petitions we
are to include our neighbors as well as ourselves. No one
.prays aright who seeks a blessing for himself alone

We are bound to the Lord by the strongest ties, and
the manifestation of our Father's love should call forth
.the most filial affection and the most ardent gratitude
The laws of God have their foundation in the most immutable
rectitude, and are so framed that they will promote
.the happiness of those who keep them

In the lesson of faith that Christ taught on the mount, are
revealed the principles of true religion. Religion brings man
into personal relation with God, but not exclusively; for
the principles of heaven are to be lived out, that they may help
and bless humanity. A true child of God will love Him with all
his heart, and his neighbor as himself. He willm have an interest
for his fellow-men. True religion is the work of grace upon
the heart, that causes the life to flow out in good works, like a
fountain fed from living streams. Religion does not consist merely
in meditation and prayer. The Christian's light is displayed in
good works, and is thus recognized by others. Religion is not
to be divorced from the business life. It is to pervade and sanctify
its engagements and enterprises. If a man is truly connected
with God and heaven, the spirit that dwells in heaven will influence
all his words and actions. He will glorify God in his works, and
.will lead others to honor Him

by Ellen G. White Estate 4

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