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Such as God Seeketh

by Stanford Chambers

Stanford Chambers (1877-1969)

Stanford Chambers (1877-1969)

Stanford Chambers 100 Years Ago

Word & Work March, 1917

The love of God fills their hearts and rules their lives. They love the church for His sake who purchased it with His own blood. As He gave Himself for it so they give themselves to it, praying for it, speaking reverently of it and cheerfully serving therein. No trivial excuse ever keeps them from the Lord’s Supper, forever sacred to them is the remembrance of Calvary and “till He comes” holds all their blessed hope.

“Beyond their highest joy,

They prize her heavenly ways,

Her sweet communion, solemn vows,

Her hymns of love and praise.”

The fellowship of God’s people is very precious to them. For this cause they endeavor “to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” They look carefully lest any “root of bitterness spring up and thereby the many be defiled.” They strive for “the things that make for peace.” They never cast a stumbling block in a fellow-member’s way. They avoid saying harsh or ‘ cutting things to cause grief to others and are careful not to do those things that weaken confidence. They refrain from uncharitable judging and from reaching conclusions without the facts in the premises. Instead of being critics, fault-finders, grumblers or “knockers,” they ever strive to excel unto edifying. They exercise that love that “covereth a multitude of sins.” As they grow old, having cultivated the tender heart and the kindly voice, they do not become “soured.” So loving and lovable how greatly are they loved!

And what a blessed help are they to God’s minister, ever cheering him with their presence at all services, never leaving him with an aching heart to conduct the prayer meeting alone while they entertain or are being entertained, ever busy inviting, urging and bringing others to the place where the gospel is preached, realizing that an empty pew is no asset to the church nor inspiration to the preacher of God’s word. And when a lost soul is won and saved they rejoice with a holy joy such as is experienced also by the Savior and the holy angels.

These are they that worship the Father in spirit and in truth, and such indeed as the Father seeketh to be His worshippers. By His enabling, you and I can be of that number, to our everlasting joy and to the praise of His everlasting glory. Blessed be His holy name.

Stanford Chambers

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Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.

2 corinthians 1:3-4