Do not be concerned overmuch who is with you or against you, but work and plan that God may be with you in all that you do (Rom 8:31). Keep a clean conscience, and God will mightily defend you; for whoever enjoys the protection of God cannot be harmed by the malice of man. If you learn to sufferin silence, you may be sure of receiving God's help (2 Cor. 7:6). He knows the time and the way to deliver you; so trust yourself entirely to His care. God is strong to help you, and to free you from all confusion. It is often good for us that others know and expose our faults, for so may we be kept humble.
When a man humbly admits his faults, he soon appeases his fellows, and is reconciled to those whom he had offended. God protects and delivers a humble man; He loves and comforts him (I Pet.5:5; James 4:6). To the humble He leans down and bestows great success, raising him from abasement to honour. To him He reveals His secrets (Matt.9:25) and lovingly calls and draws him to Himself. Even in the midst of trouble, the humble man remains wholly at peace, for he trusts in God, and not in the world. Do not consider yourself to have made any spiritual progress, unless you account yourself the least of all men.
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