"Cheerful holiness is the most forcible of sermons, but the Lord must give it to you." CH Spurgeon - Morning and Evening.
"Thou Lord hast made me glad through Thy work" Ps. 92:4
His redemption and love is His work and that ALONE is enough to make us glad. Can I really say, that His efficaious love is enough to make me glad?
We just returned with our team from a trip into the ME. We had a wonderful trip. The team was not only a blessing but ever so blessed - exceeding so. We all enjoyed our time together and time with the local believers and friends. Relationships were deepened and we had some great conversations. Many of us were amazed and sometimes dismayed at the stories we heard from those who joyfully undertook hardship for Christ's sake -The loss of family, friends, home and fortune. It was indeed, as one team member stated, "an honor just to stand next to them". The teacher trainers were the students of those schooled in a life of persecution.
This morning, as we read Spurgeon, I was again reminded of brothers and sisters who exemplify cheerful holiness.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Cor. 4:16-18