Bible Passage:Gal 4:18
But it is good always to be eagerly sought in a commendable manner, and not only when I am present with you.
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Paul would here say, I commend you for this, that you loved me so entirely when I preached the Gospel amongst you in the infirmity of the flesh. You ought to bear the same affection towards me now when I am absent in the body, even as if I had never departed from you. For though I am absent in the body, you have my doctrine, which you should retain and maintain, seeing that you received the Holy Ghost through it. I do not therefore criticize your zeal, but I praise it, and I praise it as being the zeal from God, or from the Spirit, and not of the flesh. Now, the zeal of the Spirit is always good, for it is an earnest affection and motion of the heart to a good thing, and so is not the zeal of the flesh. He commends the zeal of the Galatians so that by doing so he may set their minds at peace, and that they may patiently receive their correction. It is as if he would say, Take my correction as well-intended, for it proceeds of no displeasure, but out of a heart filled with sorrow for you and concerned only for your salvation. This is a wonderful example to teach all ministers how to take care for their sheep, and to take advantage of every asset, that, by chiding, speaking kindly, or entreating, they may keep them in sound doctrine, and turn them from subtle seducers and false teachers.
Fight the good fight
With all thy might;
Christ is thy strength, and Christ thy right:
Lay hold on life and it shall be
Thy joy and crown eternally
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