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Inspirational Readings by A.B. Simpson
Days of Heaven on
Thursday, July 01, 2010
Are we learning love in the school of suffering? Are our hearts being
mellowed and deepened by the summer heat of trial until the fruit of the
Spirit-love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness,
temperance-is ripening for the harvest of His coming, and our sufferings are
easily borne for His sake? This is the school of love, and the lessons make Him
unutterably more dear to our hearts and us to His. In this way only can we learn
with Him the heavenly charity which suffers long, and is kind.
We see that the very first and the very last features of the face of love,
as delineated in Paul's portrait of it (1 Corinthians 13), are marks of pain and
patient suffering-suffers long, endureth all things. So let us learn in the
school of love to suffer, to be kind and to endure all things. Surely it will
not be hard to love through every circumstance when it is the heart of Jesus
within us that will love and continue to love to the very end.
I want the love that suffers and is kind,
That envies not nor vaunts its pride of fame.
Is not puffed up, does not discourteous act,
Is not provoked, nor seeks its own to claim.
After that ye have suffered a while—1