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Let's Not Suffer for Nothing!
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according to the will of God, commit the keeping of their souls to Him in well-doing."
(1 Peter 4:19)

To choose to suffer means that there's something wrong; to choose God's Will even if it means suffering is a very different thing. No healthy saint ever chooses suffering; he chooses God's will, as Jesus did, whether it means suffering or not. No saint dare interfere with the discipline of suffering in another saint.

The saint who satisfies the heart of Jesus will make other saints strong and mature for God. The people who do us good are never those who sympathize with us, they always hinder, because sympathy enervates. No one understands a saint but the saint who's nearest to the Savior. If we accept the sympathy of a saint, the reflex feeling is---Well, God's dealing hardly with me. That's why Jesus said self-pity was of the devil (see Matt. 16:23). Be merciful to God's reputation. It's easy to blacken God's character because God never answers back, He never vindicates Himself. Let's beware of the thought that Jesus needed sympathy in His earthly life; He refused sympathy from man because He knew far too wisely that no one on earth understood what He was after. He took sympathy from His Father only, and from the angels in heaven. (Cf. Luke 15:10.)

Notice God's unutterable waste of saints, according to the judgment of the world. God plants His saints in the most useless places. We say---God intends me to be here because I'm so useful. Jesus never estimated His life along the line of the greatest use. God puts His saints where they'll glorify Him, and we're no judges at all...of where that is.

We Need Both Grace and Peace

Grace to help in our times of need; Peace to keep our heart and mind. The one as the blue vault of Heaven above us, with its smile of sun, and breath of air, and reviving rain; the other as the blue depths of the ocean, tranquil and calm. But neither of these blessed gifts can be ours till we've come to recognise God as our Father. If we're doubtful about that, we'll not dare to exercise the child's privilege of claiming what we want from the Father's stores; and we'll miss the unspeakable rest which breathes through the heart of the child, as it nestles to the father's side. Let's open our heart to the Spirit of Adoption...that He may flutter, dove-like, into its depths; and, in the cry Abba, bear witness with our spirit that we're a child of God, and if a child, then a participator in his Grace and Peace.

It Was Thus That Jesus Lived
(Ephesians 1:3)

There was no lack of either Grace or Peace in his human life, because He dwelt ever in the bosom of the Father. He spake no word, and wrought no deed of mercy, that was not derived from his Father. He refused to make one stone into bread, because so sure that his Father could not forget Him, but knew just what was needed for the body which He had provided for Him. The often upturned eye witnessed to the attitude of his spirit. There was never a film of separation or cloud of misunderstanding, for the Father never left Him alone for a single instant; not even when He cried, "My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken Me." How could He, when Jesus did always those things which pleased Him? "Even so, Father," was the whisper with which He met all the incidents of his life, whether cloud or sun. Let's learn to live thus towards the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. There must always be an impassable gulf between his relationship to the Father and ours. But, withal, there are points of contact. He waits to reveal to us the Father, according to his own words (Mat_11:27). He longs to reproduce in us, by the Holy Ghost, his own spirit of Sonship, and to bring us to know his Father as our Father, his God as ours. There's no joy, which more satisfies his soul for its travail, than that his own should come so to know the name and character of his Father, and so to abide in it, as that the love with which the Father loved Him, may be in them as a warm and blessed experience. When this purpose is accomplished in us, our Marahs will be turned to Elims; and we shall be full of peace, since our Father has mixed our cups, appointed our paths, set our lifetasks, and whispers to our secret hearts that He is well pleased with us in Jesus.