Matthew Henry Monday

Every Monday (or every once in a while on a Monday) ws harbor likes to dedicate a post to Matthew Henry. Henry (10/18/1662 – 06/22/1714) was a commentator on the Bible and Presbyterian minister of the Gospel. We recommend his works for devotional purposes.

The breaking out of passion and rash anger.

I have not had the rule which I ought to have had over my own spirit, which has therefore been like a city broken into and left without walls. Proverbs 25:28

I have been quick in my spirit to become angry, and anger has lodged in my bosom. Ecclesiastes 7:9 And when my spirit has been made bitter, I have spoken rashly with my lips, Psalm 106:33 and have been guilty of that clamor and bitterness which should have been put far from me. Ephesians 4:31

My covetousness and love of the world.

My life has not been free from love of money, Hebrews 13:5 nor have I learned in whatever situation I am to be content. Philippians 4:11

Who can say that he is clean from that love of money which is the root of all kinds of evil, 1 Timothy 6:10 that covetousness which is idolatry? Colossians 3:5

I have sought great things for myself when you have said, “Seek them not.” Jeremiah 45:5

My sensuality and flesh-pleasing.

I have set my mind on the things of the flesh more than the things of the Spirit, Romans 8:5 and have lived on the earth in luxury and in self – indulgence, and have fattened my heart in a day of slaughter. James 5:5

I have made provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires, Romans 13:14 even those passions which wage war against my soul; 1 Peter 2:11 and in many instances, I have acted as if I had been a lover of pleasure rather than a lover of God. 2 Timothy 3:4