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Morning and Evening
For the evening of July 28th
by Charles H. Spurgeon
"Who went about doing good." --Acts 10:38
Few words, but yet an exquisite miniature of the Lord Jesus Christ. There are not many touches, but they are the strokes ofa master's pencil. Of the Saviour and only of the Saviour is ittrue in the fullest, broadest, and most unqualified sense. "Hewent about doing good." From this description it is evident thatHe did good personally. The evangelists constantly tell usthat He touched the leper with His own finger, that He anointedthe eyes of the blind, and that in cases where He was asked tospeak the word only at a distance, He did not usually comply,but went Himself to the sick bed, and there personally wroughtthe cure. A lesson to us, if we would do good, to do itourselves. Give alms with your own hand; a kind look, or word,will enhance the value of the gift. Speak to a friend about hissoul; your loving appeal will have more influence than a wholelibrary of tracts. Our Lord's mode of doing good sets forth Hisincessant activity! He did not only the good which came closeto hand, but He "went about" on His errands of mercy. Throughoutthe whole land of Judea there was scarcely a village or a hamletwhich was not gladdened by the sight of Him. How this reprovesthe creeping, loitering manner, in which many professors servethe Lord. Let us gird up the loins of our mind, and be not wearyin well doing. Does not the text imply that Jesus Christ wentout of His way to do good? "He went about doing good." He wasnever deterred by danger or difficulty. He sought out theobjects of His gracious intentions. So must we. If old planswill not answer, we must try new ones, for fresh experimentssometimes achieve more than regular methods. Christ'sperseverance, and the unity of His purpose, are also hintedat, and the practical application of the subject may be summedup in the words, "He hath left us an example that we shouldfollow in His steps."
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