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Honest Praise

Augustine | February 20

But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips. —Job 2:10

"If you try to receive double your losses by praising God, you praise him out of covetousness, not from love."

Reading about the great trials Job endured makes one shudder, cringe, and quake. Yet, in the end, what did he receive? Double what he had lost. However, don’t let one who has an eye for tem­poral rewards suffer patiently, and say to him­self; . .. “Let me bear evils, and God will repay me as He repaid Job.” Such attitudes aren’t really patience but greed. For if Job didn’t suffer with patience and endurance in order to bravely testi­fy of the Lord’s providence, why did He suffer? . . . Beloved, don’t let those who bear such tribu­lations look for a reward. If they suffer any losses, don’t let them say, perhaps, “The Lord gave, the Lord hath taken away; as it pleased the Lord, so is it done: blessed be the name of the Lord,” when all they want is to receive twice as much again. Let your patience praise God, not greed. For if you try to receive double your losses by praising God, you praise Him out of covetousness, not from love.

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