THE HEART OF MAN 11.

The shepherd has continue to lead this heart, as one of His own sheep in to green pastures and beside the still waters. How many times, when beset with affliction and trials, this faithful heart is led back to the stillness of this place, and here his soul is restored (Psalm 23). The table prepared in the presence of his enemies enables him to love them and pray for them even though despitefully used (Matthew 5:44). There is nothing he would accept in exchange for his soul. His desire is to see Jesus only.
By the wisdom and grace received through the counsel of God’s Word, this heart seeks the children of God. When it finds the body of Christ the Church of the Living God, with scriptural water baptism and pure sound doctrines taught and practiced, the longin of this soul is satisfied (1 Corinthians 12, Acts 2:41). To love and proclaim this glorious gospel as an ambassador for Christ gives great joy to the water bringing forth much fruit in his season (Psalm 1:1-3). A conscience void of offences gives liberty and graciousness to this life; a perfect love has cast out all fear(1John 4:18). Earthly language fails to describe the joy and glory of heart that follows in the footsteps of Jesus.
By faith the Christian can already see that beautiful city whose builder and maker is God, which He has prepared for them that love Him. He hears Jesus say, “Let not your heart be troubled… In my Father’s house are many mansions… I go to prepare a place for you…. I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:1-3). The Christian joins in saying with the Apostle Paul, “Death is swallowed up in victory, O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory” (1 Corinthians 15:54,55)? He is comforted when he remembers that Jesus said, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he liveth and believeth in me shall never die” (John 11:25,26).

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