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Morning and Evening
For the morning of October 21st
by Charles H. Spurgeon
"The love of Christ constraineth us." --2 Corinthians 5:14
How much owest thou unto my Lord? Has He ever done anything for thee? Has He forgiven thy sins? Has He covered thee with arobe of righteousness? Has He set thy feet upon a rock? Has Heestablished thy goings? Has He prepared heaven for thee? Has Heprepared thee for heaven? Has He written thy name in His book oflife? Has He given thee countless blessings? Has He laid up forthee a store of mercies, which eye hath not seen nor ear heard?Then do something for Jesus worthy of His love. Give not a merewordy offering to a dying Redeemer. How will you feel when yourMaster comes, if you have to confess that you did nothing forHim, but kept your love shut up, like a stagnant pool, neitherflowing forth to His poor or to His work. Out on such love asthat! What do men think of a love which never shows itself inaction? Why, they say, "Open rebuke is better than secretlove." Who will accept a love so weak that it does not actuateyou to a single deed of self-denial, of generosity, of heroism,or zeal! Think how He has loved you, and given Himself foryou! Do you know the power of that love? Then let it be like arushing mighty wind to your soul to sweep out the clouds of yourworldliness, and clear away the mists of sin. "For Christ'ssake" be this the tongue of fire that shall sit upon you: "forChrist's sake" be this the divine rapture, the heavenly afflatusto bear you aloft from earth, the divine spirit that shall makeyou bold as lions and swift as eagles in your Lord's service.Love should give wings to the feet of service, and strength tothe arms of labour. Fixed on God with a constancy that is notto be shaken, resolute to honour Him with a determination thatis not to be turned aside, and pressing on with an ardour neverto be wearied, let us manifest the constraints of love to Jesus.May the divine loadstone draw us heavenward towards itself.
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