Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Peaceful Fruit of Righteousness

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
O all ye nations of the earth,
praise ye the mighty Lord;
and all ye people magnify
his Name with one accord.
For great to us his mercies are,
his love and his kindness—
his truth endures for evermore.
The Lord now truly bless.
 —Psalm 117
Suggested tune: Ellacombe (CMD)

Now, discipline always seems painful rather than pleasant at the time, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.
—Hebrews 12:11-13
Chastisements cannot be estimated aright if judged according to what the flesh feels under them. Therefore we must fix our eyes on the end, and we shall receive the peaceful fruit of righteousness. And by the fruit of righteousness he means the fear of the Lord and a godly and holy life, of which the cross is the teacher. It is called peaceful, because in adversities we are alarmed and disquieted, being tempted by impatience, which is always noisy and restless. But being chastened, we acknowledge with a peaceful mind how profitable did that become to us which before seemed bitter and grievous.
 —John Calvin, Commentary on Hebrews 12:11
O Lord, who has taught us that to gain the whole world and to lose our souls is great folly, grant us the grace so to lose ourselves that we may truly find ourselves anew in the life of grace, and so to forget ourselves that we may be remembered in your kingdom...
—Reinhold Niebuhr
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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