“Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?” Amos 3:3
Reader, I suppose you a religious person. You are:
- one that has been converted by the power of grace,
- one that is desirous to glorify God in life and conversation,
- one that has an interest in Jesus and wants to have it made more manifest to your own self every day;
- one that considers this life as a passage to a better life and
- one that would be glad of a spiritual companion to go along with you, for “two are better than one.”
Give not the right hand of fellowship to anyone before you have tried him, for two cannot walk comfortably together except they be agreed. Bring him to the law of God — the eternal, moral law of God, contained in the Ten Commandments, and ask him, “Do you look upon that law of God as the rule of your life?” If he denies it, avoid him. If he says that he is not under the commanding power of it, turn away from him.
But if he says that he sincerely takes it as God’s revealed will to him:
- owning the authority thereof over his conscience and conversation,
- breathing after universal obedience,
- repenting and mourning where he falls short, and
- fleeing by faith to Christ for all peace and pardon…
…take such a one for a friend and companion. He will guard you against licentiousness on the one hand, and against proud self-confidence on the other. “He who walks with wise men will be wise.”
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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