A lamb with a wolf's head!
(John Angell James, "Christian Fellowship" 1822)
"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ
Jesus." Philippians 2:5
Christians should excel in the manifestation of Christ's
character. The mind which was in Jesus, should be in
them. They should consider His character as a model
of their own; and be conspicuous for their . . .
poverty of spirit,
It is matter of surprise and regret, that many people
seem to think that Christianity has nothing to do with
character! And that provided they are free from gross
sins, and have lively feelings in devotional exercises,
they may be as petulant, irritable, and implacable as
they please! This is a dreadful error, and has done
great mischief to the cause of God!
A sour, ill-natured Christian, is like a lamb with a
wolf's head! Or like a dove with a vulture's beak!
If there be any one word which above all others should
describe a Christian's character, it is that which represents
his divine Father; and as it is said, that 'God is love', so
should it be also affirmed, that a Christian is love--love
embodied, an incarnation of love! His words, his conduct,
his very looks--should be so many expressions of love!
"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving
each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Be
imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children
and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and
gave Himself up for us!" Ephesians 4:32-5:2