Remember the Good In Others
"Pray without ceasing"
I Thessalonians 5:17
Praying Hyde had a wonderful experience to which he contributes his power with God, and therefore with man. He used to speak of it as one of the most direct and solemn lessons God ever taught him. He was up in the hills resting for a short time. He had been burdened about the spiritual conditions of a certain pastor, and he resolved to spend time in definite intercession for him. Entering into his "inner chamber" he began pouring out his heart to his Heavenly Father concerning that brother somewhat as follows: "O God! You know that my brother now is"(cold he was going to say) when suddenly a hand seemed to be laid on his lips, and a voice said to him in stern reproach, ‘He that touches him, touches the apple of my eye.’ A great horror came over him. He had been guilty before God of accusing the brethren. (Rom 2:15) He felt rebuked and humbled before God. It was he himself who first needed putting right. He confessed this sin. (He claimed the precious blood of Christ that cleansed from all sin!) (1 John 1:7) "Whatsoever things are lovely ... if there be any virtue, if there be any praise, think on these things" (Philippians 4:8).
Then he cried out, ‘Father, show me what things are lovely and of good report in my brother’s life.’ Like a flash he remembered how that brother had given up all for Christ, enduring much suffering from relations whom he had given up! He was reminded of his years of hard work, of the tact with which he managed his difficult congregation, of the many quarrels he had healed, of what a model husband he was. One thing after another rose up before him and so all his prayer season was spent in praise for his brother instead of in prayer. He could not recall a single petition, nothing but thanksgiving! God was opening his servant’s eyes to the highest of ministries, that of praise.
Mark the result also on that brother’s life: When Mr. Hyde went down to the plains, he found that just then the brother had received a great spiritual uplift. While he was praising, God was blessing. A wonderful Divine Law, the law of a Father’s love. While we bless God for any child of His, He delights to bless that one!"
How quickly the heart of our flesh will cast someone aside when they disappoint us or when they fail to do what we think they should. As God’s children we must always remember the good in others first. We would do well to pray with a heart of thanksgiving for others than a spirit of condemnation and judgment. Always remember the good that you know to be true of others and it will keep you from hasty judgments which lead to regrets in the end.
I remember Thee and I am made glad.
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