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5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
Moderation in all that pertains to the things of the present is the rule Paul gives, and it is well that he has given us that rule, for if blessed with abundance, we might think we were at liberty to please ourselves as to how we appropriated His bounty. The rich are responsible to the Master for the use of what they have. One of the Master's most continual instructions is that the rich are to share with the less favoured who may be in need, the abundance which they enjoy.
He will be their judge as to whether this is bountifully or sparingly done. The poor are exalted by the hope of the gospel, but still made stewards of their smaller things. The sense of duty performed, whether high or low, brings with it the highest satisfaction, and is about the truest pleasure we can enjoy now, apart from the contemplation of the truth in its height and depth and communion with the Deity, than which no higher enjoyment can be conceived.
Sis Jane Roberts - The Virtuous Woman
6 Be careful [anxious - RV] for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS
F. L.-Experience will teach you patience and a degree of unconcern. Things are neither so wrong nor so well as we think at first. In the impetuosity of youth, we imagine that with a little of the management which we feel prepared to prescribe, they could all be kept in regimental order "all along the line." Unless we are petrified mediocrities, we shall discover: 1, that they are beyond all management; and 2, that in the midst of the incurable chaos, God's purpose is slowly advancing to victory. The only thing in which anxiety and diligence can be profitably exercised is in the regulation of our own individual ways.
The Christadelphian, Dec 1896