2 Chronicles 19:1-9
And Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned to his house in peace to Jerusalem.…
We may very well admit that the nearer we get to God and to His sunlight the more freely and fully we shall admit that there is no good thing to be found in us. But yet God sometimes allows His angels to say of a mortal man, "There are good things in him," without any frown of supreme displeasure. This should —
1. Comfort us. Our good deeds are not useless, not forgotten.
2. Encourage us. If God speak so like an indulgent master to a trying servant, then we need not fear Him. We need dread no impatient frowns upon our insufficient strivings.
3. Humble us. We are perhaps not so good as Jehoshaphat. For his one backsliding ours, perhaps, are many.Lessons:
1. Mutual forbearance. Let us not set down any of our neighbours as altogether bad.
2. Let us see that our good qualities are definite and discoverable.
3. Let us pray earnestly, agonisingly, that the good in us may overcome the evil. Evil must not for a moment be tolerated. Christ must reign.
(S. B. James, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned to his house in peace to Jerusalem.