This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works – Titus 3:8.
Faith’s meanest deed more favor bears
Where hearts and wills are weighed
Than brightest transports, choicest prayers,
Which bloom their hour and fade.
I write a lot about the importance of meditation, prayer, and quiet thoughts, but Titus reminds me that one act of self-denial, one step toward duty, one loving hand, is worth all the good thoughts, warm feelings, passionate prayers that we might be inclined to wrap ourselves around. Fellowship with God means acting with holiness on the calls and claims of others on us. When conscience calls us to our duties to our fellow men and women we must answer its call. Want of sympathy with the suffering and sorrows of men, neglect of charitable offices, suspicions and censures of those with whom our lot is cast, darkens our hearts and hides the face of God. We cannot go from anger toward our fellow man’s needs to God.
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