I Then Shall Live

Posted on June 22, 2020 by Catey Stover in Freedom Fighters

“Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31-32

“Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desire for pleasure that war in your members? You lust, and you do not have. You murder, and you covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war.” James 4:1-2

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but it is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where there is envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” James 3:13-18

He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?
Micah 6:8

In light of all the stuff going on in our country right now, the above texts really don’t need commentary. The Word lays it out pretty clearly. What would our world look like right now if we applied these truths?

I love the words to the hymn written by Gloria Gaither. The words are written to the hymn tune, Finlandia (Be Still My Soul):

I Then Shall Live

I then shall live as one who’s been forgiven;
I’ll walk with joy to know my debts are paid.
I know my name is clear before my Father;
I am His child, and I am not afraid.
So greatly pardoned, I’ll forgive my brother;
The law of love I gladly will obey.


I then shall live as one who’s learned compassion;
I’ve been so loved that I’ll risk loving too.
I know how fear builds walls instead of bridges’
I dare to see another’s point of view.
And when relationships demand commitment,
Then I’ll be there to care and follow through.

Your kingdom come around and thro’ and in me,
Your pow’r and glory – let them shine thro’ me.
Your hallowed Name, O may I bear with honor,
And may Your living Kingdom come in me.
The Bread of Life, O may I share with honor,
And may You feed a hungry world thro’ me.

I want to live that way each and every day. Lord, help me!!!

Have a great week. Thanks for being a part of our Freedom Fighter family.

In His grip,

Bill Welte, President/CEO (bwelte@americaskeswick.org)
America’s Keswick

Written by Bill Welte, President/CEO of America’s Keswick: Bill has been married to his childhood sweetheart for 40+ years and has four married kids and 11 amazing grandkids. He loves music and is an avid reader.

Think About This: “The only proper response to any theology, philosophy, idealogy, psychology, or sociology, must be: “What does the Bible say?” – Dustin Benge

The Daily Bible Reading: Psalms 143-147| You can download our 2020 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here. 

This Week’s Verse to Memorize:  Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. –Acts 4:13

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the doctrinal and theological views held by America’s Keswick.

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