Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A Model of Good Works

Is not your fear of God your confidence, and the integrity of your ways your hope?
—Job 4:6
Of mercy and of justice,
O Lord, I'll sing to thee.
In uprightness and wisdom
shall my behavior be.
O when in loving-kindness
wilt thou to me come near?
I'll walk within my dwelling
with heart and life sincere.
—Psalm 101:1-2
Suggested tune (Blairgowrie):
Show yourself in all respects a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, gravity, and sound speech that cannot be censured; then any opponent will be put to shame, having nothing evil to say of us.
—Titus 2:7-8
I wish that I could be as the Baptist, both a burning light in my sermons, and a shining light in my conversation, lest my works give the lie to my words; while I, as Mercury, direct others in the right way, but walk not in it myself. Gregory of Nazianzus said of him that was the voice of one crying in the wilderness, that he was all voice, a voice in his habit, a voice in his diet, a voice in his conversation.
—George Swinnock
Lord, enable me in all things so to show myself such a pattern of good works to other people, to be such an example to other believers in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, and in purity, that I may be able to say to them, as Paul to the Corinthians, "Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ." I pray this in his Name. Amen.
—George Swinnock

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