April 30


Whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him.

The God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. § If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. § Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him. Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. § Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.

1 John 2:5; Heb. 13:20–21; 1 John 2:3; John 14:23; 1 John 3:6–7; 4:17


He who is slow to wrath has great understanding.

The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering.” § The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

Be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love. § The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. § This is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully … But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God … Christ … suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps …; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously.

Be angry, and do not sin.

Prov. 14:29; Ex. 34:6; 2 Peter 3:9; Eph. 5:1–2;
Gal. 5:22–23; 1 Peter 2:19–21, 23; Eph. 4:26


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