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Let not the sun go down upon your wrath.EPH. 4:26.

If thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother . . . Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.—When ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

Put on, therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.—Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

The apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.

Matt. 18:15,21,22. -Mark 11:25.Col. 3:12,13. -Eph. 4:32.Luke 17:5.

Spurgeon's Evening Reading

“The iron did swim.”

2 Kings 6:6

The axe-head seemed hopelessly lost, and as it was borrowed, the honour of the prophetic band was likely to be imperilled, and so the name of their God to be compromised. Contrary to all expectation, the iron was made to mount from the depth of the stream and to swim; for things impossible with man are possible with God. I knew a man in Christ but a few years ago who was called to undertake a work far exceeding his strength. It appeared so difficult as to involve absurdity in the bare idea of attempting it. Yet he was called thereto, and his faith rose with the occasion; God honoured his faith, unlooked-for aid was sent, and the iron did swim. Another of the Lord’s family was in grievous financial straits, he was able to meet all claims, and much more if he could have realized a certain portion of his estate, but he was overtaken with a sudden pressure; he sought for friends in vain, but faith led him to the unfailing Helper, and lo, the trouble was averted, his footsteps were enlarged, and the iron did swim. A third had a sorrowful case of depravity to deal with. He had taught, reproved, warned, invited, and interceded, but all in vain. Old Adam was too strong for young Melancthon, the stubborn spirit would not relent. Then came an agony of prayer, and before long a blessed answer was sent from heaven. The hard heart was broken, the iron did swim.

Beloved reader, what is thy desperate case? What heavy matter hast thou in hand this evening? Bring it hither. The God of the prophets lives, and lives to help his saints. He will not suffer thee to lack any good thing. Believe thou in the Lord of hosts! Approach him pleading the name of Jesus, and the iron shall swim; thou too shalt see the finger of God working marvels for his people. According to thy faith be it unto thee, and yet again the iron shall swim.

Old Testament Chapter a Day - Job 6

Job 6

6. Job Speaks

Job Replies: My Complaint Is Just

 6

Then Job answered:

2

“O that my vexation were weighed,

and all my calamity laid in the balances!

3

For then it would be heavier than the sand of the sea;

therefore my words have been rash.

4

For the arrows of the Almighty are in me;

my spirit drinks their poison;

the terrors of God are arrayed against me.

5

Does the wild ass bray over its grass,

or the ox low over its fodder?

6

Can that which is tasteless be eaten without salt,

or is there any flavor in the juice of mallows?

7

My appetite refuses to touch them;

they are like food that is loathsome to me.

 

8

“O that I might have my request,

and that God would grant my desire;

9

that it would please God to crush me,

that he would let loose his hand and cut me off!

10

This would be my consolation;

I would even exult in unrelenting pain;

for I have not denied the words of the Holy One.

11

What is my strength, that I should wait?

And what is my end, that I should be patient?

12

Is my strength the strength of stones,

or is my flesh bronze?

13

In truth I have no help in me,

and any resource is driven from me.

 

14

“Those who withhold kindness from a friend

forsake the fear of the Almighty.

15

My companions are treacherous like a torrent-bed,

like freshets that pass away,

16

that run dark with ice,

turbid with melting snow.

17

In time of heat they disappear;

when it is hot, they vanish from their place.

18

The caravans turn aside from their course;

they go up into the waste, and perish.

19

The caravans of Tema look,

the travelers of Sheba hope.

20

They are disappointed because they were confident;

they come there and are confounded.

21

Such you have now become to me;

you see my calamity, and are afraid.

22

Have I said, ‘Make me a gift’?

Or, ‘From your wealth offer a bribe for me’?

23

Or, ‘Save me from an opponent’s hand’?

Or, ‘Ransom me from the hand of oppressors’?

 

24

“Teach me, and I will be silent;

make me understand how I have gone wrong.

25

How forceful are honest words!

But your reproof, what does it reprove?

26

Do you think that you can reprove words,

as if the speech of the desperate were wind?

27

You would even cast lots over the orphan,

and bargain over your friend.

 

28

“But now, be pleased to look at me;

for I will not lie to your face.

29

Turn, I pray, let no wrong be done.

Turn now, my vindication is at stake.

30

Is there any wrong on my tongue?

Cannot my taste discern calamity?

 

New Testament in Four Years - Ephesians 4:25-28

Ephesians 4:25-28

4. Unity in the Body of Christ

Rules for the New Life

25 So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another.26Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,27and do not make room for the devil.28Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labor and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy.

Psalm a Day - Psalm 149

Psalm 149

149. Psalm 149

Psalm 149

Praise for God’s Goodness to Israel

1

Praise the Lord!

Sing to the Lord a new song,

his praise in the assembly of the faithful.

2

Let Israel be glad in its Maker;

let the children of Zion rejoice in their King.

3

Let them praise his name with dancing,

making melody to him with tambourine and lyre.

4

For the Lord takes pleasure in his people;

he adorns the humble with victory.

5

Let the faithful exult in glory;

let them sing for joy on their couches.

6

Let the high praises of God be in their throats

and two-edged swords in their hands,

7

to execute vengeance on the nations

and punishment on the peoples,

8

to bind their kings with fetters

and their nobles with chains of iron,

9

to execute on them the judgment decreed.

This is glory for all his faithful ones.

Praise the Lord!

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