I Peter 4:7

Henry Mahan

The end of my life is near; I am sure of that; but also the end of this world is near. Our Lord will return, and most men who have some discernment of Divine truth believe that THE DAY OF THE LORD IS AT THE DOOR! Therefore, Peter exhorts us to be serious, be watchful, and call upon God in prayer for His mercy in Christ for ourselves, for our children, and for our kinsmen according to the flesh.

Above all things, have a genuine and unfailing love for one another; for the love of Christ in us will overlook, disregard,and forgive the infirmities and failures of others. If we remember what we were and (except for God's grace) what we would be, and if we really care for the glory of our gospel and the welfare of others, we will forgive and overlook their infirmities.

Love, generosity, and hospitality are the marks of grace and extend, not only to our families, but to our friends and fellow believers whom God brings our way. We rejoice to show mercy, for we have received mercy; and we rejoice to share with others what God has given us.

There is nothing which we have in nature or grace that is not THE GIFT OF GOD! Therefore, whoever preaches or teaches, let him declare the word according to the scriptures; whoever renders service, let him do it according to the ability and strength God has given him; whoever prays, sings, gives, witnesses, waits on tables, relieves the poor, visits and nurses the sick, or in any way contributes to the kingdom of God, let him do it with strength of purpose, out of love and gratitude to our Lord, and for His glory and the good of His church! "Even so, come, Lord Jesus" (Rev. 22:20).

Henry Mahan, Pastor
Thirteenth Street Baptist Church
Ashland, Ky.

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