Seven Rules For Daily Living

Seven Rules for Daily Living

BY JONATHAN GOFORTH

Jonathan Goforth (1859-1936) was a Canadian missionary to China. It is said of him that “when he found his own soul needed Jesus Christ, it became a passion with him to take Jesus Christ to every soul.”

The following rules for daily living were made by Dr. Goforth in 1894 and written on the fly-leaf of his Bible:

1. Seek to give much—expect nothing.
2. Put the very best construction on the actions of others.
3. Never let a day pass without at least a quarter of an hour spent in the study of       the Bible.
4. Never omit daily morning and evening private prayer and devotion.
5. In all things seek to know God’s Will and when known obey at any cost.
6. Seek to cultivate a quiet prayerful spirit.
7. Seek each day to do or say something to further Christianity among the lost.

“That Dr. Goforth lived up to these rules there is not the least doubt. He surpassed them. His love for the Bible is well known. His Bible was always open and he took every opportunity to read it. Even after becoming blind, he had a Chinese read to him at least twelve chapters a day. His loyalty to the Bible as the Word of God and his defense of the fundamentals of the Faith have been outstanding in his career.

“He was a man of prayer and through prayer and Bible study has sought to know God’s Will. It was this love for Bible reading and communion with God that gave him the power to move audiences to a conviction of sin and repentance. At all times he kept “self” in the background and relied wholly on the power of the Holy Spirit to take of the things of Jesus and reveal them unto his hearers. ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit’—’But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you’—have ever been his battle-cry. Though Dr. Goforth’s preaching contained a stern denunciation of sin and would in no case tolerate compromise with sin, he has always been very tender in dealing with the lost sinners.”

Rev. Allan Reoch.

**reference citation  Copied by Stephen Ross for WholesomeWords.org from Goforth of China by Mrs. Rosalind Goforth.  Appendix p. 355-356.  (edited by Stephanie Streim)

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There is great peace and joy in knowing the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior. I am blessed to serve our Heavenly Father through Him. Everyday is a new day to share the the glorious Gospel message of grace and forgiveness; the blessings of hope; the Father God's eternal promises; and the importance of living daily in the will of God according to the Scriptures, especially now with the world in chaos and uncertainty. My life before I asked God to forgive me of all my sin through the blood of Jesus Christ and I repented (turned away from it); was one of utter selfishness in all aspects of my life. I partied, I lived for ME and only me! Now, I live for Him, with great joy daily. I want to share the Gospel, encourage other sisters/brothers in Christ through prayer and do as He leads by the faith He's given through His abundant grace! Read more on my "About Me" page at my site.

4 thoughts on “Seven Rules For Daily Living”

    1. Yes he did!! It seems from his life story that he never lost that refreshingly joyful love for our Lord Jesus that we all need to “hold and keep” close. And as missionary, both he and his wife were daring without fear. The preached the truth of salvation–the pure Gospel with any placating anyone! I believe their work in China caused many a joyful sing fest in heaven.

      Stephanie ~streim~

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