Power In Christ

“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.”  Matthew 7:12 

On the assurance of the love of God toward us, Jesus enjoins love to one another, in one comprehensive principle covering all the relations of human fellowship…

In your association with others, put yourself in their place.  Enter into their feelings, their difficulties, their disappointments, their joys, and their sorrows.  Identify yourself with them, and then do to them as, were you to exchange places with them, you would wish them to deal with you.  This is the true rule of honesty.  It is another expression of the law.  “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”  Matthew 22:39  And it is the substance of the teaching of the prophets.  It is a principle of heaven, and will be developed in all who are fitted for its holy companionship.

E. G. White, Thoughts From The Mount Of Blessing, p. 134

There must be a power working from within, a new life from above, before men can be changed from sin to holiness.  That power is Christ.  His grace alone can quicken the lifeless faculties of the soul, and attract it to God, to holiness.

No man receives holiness as a birthright, or as a gift from any other human being.  Holiness is the gift of God through Christ.  Those who receive the Saviour become sons of God.  They are His spiritual children, born again, renewed in righteousness and true holiness.  Their minds are changed.  With clearer vision they behold eternal realities.  They are adopted into God’s family, and they become conformed to His likeness, changed by His Spirit from glory to glory.  From cherishing supreme love for self, they come to cherish supreme love for God and for Christ.  Accepting Christ as a personal Saviour, and following His example of self-denial–this is the secret of holiness.

E. G. White, God’s Amazing Grace, p. 120

Divine truth exerts little influence upon the world, when it should exert much influence through our practice.  The mere profession of religion abounds, but it has little weight.  We may claim to be followers of Christ, we may claim to believe every truth in the word of God; but this will do our neighbor no good unless our belief is carried into our daily life.  Our profession may be as high as heaven, but it will save neither ourselves nor our fellow men unless we are Christians.  A right example will do more to benefit the world than all our profession.

By no selfish practices can the cause of Christ be served.  His cause is the cause of the oppressed and the poor.  In the hearts of His professed followers there is need of the tender sympathy of Christ–a deeper love for those whom He has so valued as to give His own life for their salvation.  These souls are precious, infinitely more precious than any other offering we can bring to God.  To bend every energy toward some apparently great work, while we neglect the needy or turn the stranger from his right, is not a service that will meet His approval.

E. G. White, Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 383

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