We are having a wonderful time studying the ‘Stature of A Perfect Man’ as spoken of in Ephesians 4 and II Peter 1. In focusing on the virtue of patience, Bro. Branham mention that we needed to have patience to wait on God just as Abraham, Noah, Moses, Daniel, Paul, The Pentecostals in the upper room, and the 3 Hebrew boys did. He also brought to our attention that we should have patience one for the other. In thinking on that, I considered the following quote and thought I would share it with you.
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…..If the devil can keep us separated, he–he’s got us shooting at one another, so he–he–he’s got a open target anywhere he wants to shoot. And what’s the use of shooting, we’re shooting one another? See, see? So he can just set back and relax.
But did you ever… Let me just give you… If I have found grace in your sight through God, you take my word for this, brethren. If you want to be a blessing, and get a blessing, when a man has done you wrong, and he has absolutely justly, he… I mean he has done you wrong and you know that he’s done you wrong; he’s done you evil. Don’t mention that; you take him to prayer before God. And don’t take it in a way of just a selfish and say, “Well, I’m supposed to do this.” But stand with your shoulder to his shoulder, and stand in the Presence of God our Father, way a prayer should be made in the Presence of God, say, “Father, here’s my brother, and he–he is justly; he deserves punishment because he has–he’s done me evil. And I don’t see why he did it.”
Then let God go to talking to you. And you’ll see maybe, what that man’s been through. The devil has twisted him up somewhere and caused him to do that. Though he’s absolutely wrong, before you leave the throne of God you’ll be feeling sorry for that man. You’ll be sympathizing with that brother. And when you get back down to where–earth again, you’ll go over to that brother and shake his hand, ’cause you know what he’s been through. You can’t stand with a mortal in the Presence of God and condemn anybody, I don’t believe, no, sir, even if he is a rank sinner.
And what about a brother that has made a mistake? Though I say he’s wrong. Sometimes he’s accused wrong when he’s not wrong. But if he is wrong, well, if we will take him to the throne of God, stand there shoulder-to-shoulder with our brother, knowing he’s a mortal, and maybe his destination rests upon our attitude towards him, when we come back from the throne of God, we’ll realize that we’re every one guilty, and we all need help one from the other. And the best way to do is pray.
William Marrion Branham
Pastor Jack E. Duff