But thanks be to God who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and who makes known through us the fragrance that consists of the knowledge of him in every place.—2 Cor 2:14 NET
How these words help us. Think of them when the people rasp you, when the devil pricks you with his fiery darts, when your sensitive, self–willed spirit chafes or frets; let a gentle voice be heard above the strife, whispering, Keep sweet, keep sweet! And, if you will but heed it quickly, you will be saved from a thousand falls and kept in perfect peace.
True, you cannot keep yourself sweet, but God will keep you if He sees that it is your fixed, determined purpose to be kept sweet, and to refuse to fret or grudge or retaliate. The trouble is, you rather enjoy a little irritation and morbidness. You want to cherish the little grudge, and sympathize with your hurt feelings, and nurse your little grievance.
Dear friends, God will give you all the love you really want and honestly choose. You can have your grievance or you can have the peace that passeth all understanding; but you cannot have both.
There is a balm for a thousand heartaches, and a heaven of peace and power in these two little words KEEP SWEET.
Days of Heaven Upon Earth - May 2
Public domain content taken from Days of Heaven by A.B. Simpson.