“For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.” Galatians 2:19-21
“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:2-11]
Dr. F. B. Meyer once told me that when he was young he was very irritable, and an old man told him that he had found relief from this very thing by looking up the moment he felt it coming, and saying, “Thy sweetness, Lord.”
By telling this, that old man greatly helped Dr. Meyer, and he told it to tens of thousands. I pass it on to you because I have found it a certain and a quick way of escape.
Take the opposite of your temptation and look up inwardly, naming that opposite:
Untruth — Your truth, Lord
Unkindness — Your kindness, Lord
Impatience — Your patience, Lord
Selfishness — Your unselfishness, Lord
Roughness — Your gentleness, Lord
Discourtesy — Your courtesy, Lord
Resentment, inward heat, fuss — Your sweetness, Lord, Your calmness, Your peacefulness.
I think that no one who tries this very simple plan will ever give it up. (It takes it for granted, of course, that all is yielded the “I” dethroned [Romans 12:1].)
Will all to whom it is new try it for a day, a week, a month, and test it?
Edges of His Ways (CLC) JULY 13.
Retitled with introductory Scripture quotations added. I heard this counsel (given by Meyer and Carmichael) offered by Stephen Olford as he taught on the book of Colossians. It’s profound and practical, especially if you see the relevance to your spiritual union with Christ (Col. 1:27;3:1-4). – JBW
Bible quotations from the New King James Version, Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson
Michael Wells traveled the globe learning and sharing the truths of identification with Christ. His books are at AbidingLife.com. ALMI also has a streaming internet radio channel of Mike’s teaching here.