Bite, Devour, Consume

Larry Ray Hafley
Street Plano, Illinois

Zest and zeal for the common salvation is admirable, commendable, and scriptural. No one who loves the Lord and the truth can idly or passively watch "the way" be blasphemed. However, all must exercise their defense devoid of jealousy, partyism, and evil surmising. True love "thinketh no evil" (I Cor. 13:5). A good sentry does not shoot at every breeze in the bushes.

Great is the need for uncompromising men of patience and compassion. To be sure, the sword of the Spirit must be sharpened, but at the same time let us put on and enlarge the "bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another" (Col. 3:12, 13). "But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another" (Gal. 5:15).

February 3, 1972