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Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual restore such an one in the spirit of meekness, considering thyself lest thou also be tempted. Gal. 6:1.
And above all things, have fervent charity among yourselves; for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8.
„Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. Looking diligently, lest any fail of the grace of God, lest any root of bitterness springing up, trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.” Heb. 12:14,15.
„Put on, therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering; forbearing one another and forgiving one another, if any have a quarrel against any. Even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things, put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness; and let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which, also, ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful that the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, sing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Col. 3:12-17.
„Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” Col. 4:6.
„And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him, knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward, for ye serve the Lord Jesus Christ.” Col. 3:17-24.
„For, brethren ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
„For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: „Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself; but if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.” Gal. 5:13-16.
„For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if when ye do well and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example that we should follow in His steps, who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth; who when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not, but committed himself to Him that judgeth righteously.” 1 Peter 2:20,21,24.
„Therefore, let them that suffer according to the will of God, commit the keeping of their souls to Him in well-doing, as unto a faithful creator.” 1 Peter 4:19.
Therefore, by love let us serve one another.
H. B. M. LANDIS.
— August, 1879 —