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Morning and Evening

For the morning of August 21st
by Charles H. Spurgeon

"He that watereth shall be watered also himself." --Proverbs 11:25

We are here taught the great lesson, that to get, we must give; that to accumulate, we must scatter; that to makeourselves happy, we must make others happy; and that in order tobecome spiritually vigorous, we must seek the spiritual good ofothers. In watering others, we are ourselves watered. How? Ourefforts to be useful, bring out our powers for usefulness. Wehave latent talents and dormant faculties, which are brought tolight by exercise. Our strength for labour is hidden even fromourselves, until we venture forth to fight the Lord's battles,or to climb the mountains of difficulty. We do not know whattender sympathies we possess until we try to dry the widow'stears, and soothe the orphan's grief. We often find inattempting to teach others, that we gain instruction forourselves. Oh, what gracious lessons some of us have learned atsick beds! We went to teach the Scriptures, we came awayblushing that we knew so little of them. In our converse withpoor saints, we are taught the way of God more perfectly forourselves and get a deeper insight into divine truth. So thatwatering others makes us humble. We discover how much gracethere is where we had not looked for it; and how much the poorsaint may outstrip us in knowledge. Our own comfort is alsoincreased by our working for others. We endeavour to cheerthem, and the consolation gladdens our own heart. Like the twomen in the snow; one chafed the other's limbs to keep him fromdying, and in so doing kept his own blood in circulation, andsaved his own life. The poor widow of Sarepta gave from herscanty store a supply for the prophet's wants, and from that dayshe never again knew what want was. Give then, and it shall begiven unto you, good measure, pressed down, and running over.

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