Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
Select a thought to read by choosing a collection, the month, and then the day:
“Let the righteous smite me; it will be a kindness.
Let him reprove me; it will be an excellent oil, which will not break my head.”
Straightening up the papers on a desk in my office this morning, I ran across an old letter from Brother Ray Lawson, dated May 1, 2009. (That says something, I guess, about the condition of my office.) Anyway, as I was going through those papers, I found several letters from Brother Ray that I had saved, and in one of them, I had underlined this sentence, in red ink:
“God sure wants to love us, so let us want to love all that He has for us.”
May God give us the wisdom to desire whatever He has for us, as Ray said. Faith does that. How sad it would be if we refused any goodness from our heavenly Father, whether His goodness is expressed in some great blessing or some great trial! Either way, He is loving us and making us more like Him, if we will have it.