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Morning and Evening

For the evening of May 24th
by Charles H. Spurgeon

"Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel ofChrist." --Philippians 1:27

The word "conversation" does not merely mean our talk and converse with one another, but the whole course of our life andbehaviour in the world. The Greek word signifies the actions andthe privileges of citizenship: and thus we are commanded to letour actions, as citizens of the New Jerusalem, be such asbecometh the gospel of Christ. What sort of conversation isthis? In the first place, the gospel is very simple. SoChristians should be simple and plain in their habits. Thereshould be about our manner, our speech, our dress, our wholebehaviour, that simplicity which is the very soul of beauty. Thegospel is pre-eminently true, it is gold without dross; andthe Christian's life will be lustreless and valueless withoutthe jewel of truth. The gospel is a very fearless gospel, itboldly proclaims the truth, whether men like it or not: we mustbe equally faithful and unflinching. But the gospel is alsovery gentle. Mark this spirit in its Founder: "a bruised reedHe will not break." Some professors are sharper than athorn-hedge; such men are not like Jesus. Let us seek to winothers by the gentleness of our words and acts. The gospel isvery loving. It is the message of the God of love to a lostand fallen race. Christ's last command to His disciples was,"Love one another." O for more real, hearty union and love toall the saints; for more tender compassion towards the souls ofthe worst and vilest of men! We must not forget that the gospelof Christ is holy. It never excuses sin: it pardons it, butonly through an atonement. If our life is to resemble thegospel, we must shun, not merely the grosser vices, buteverything that would hinder our perfect conformity to Christ.For His sake, for our own sakes, and for the sakes of others, wemust strive day by day to let our conversation be more inaccordance with His gospel.

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