Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The tenderness of God

"Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee" (Mark 5:19)

What a challenge from the lips of Christ — tell your friends and testify to the great things God has done in your life! And, tell with confidence, as such a God who has had compassion on us (and we know our sin, and the many ways in which God has been so kind), will he also not have compassion on others who come to him in their need? Tell of the tenderness, the undeserved kindness, the love, that God has shown to you, that it might woo others to him as well.

Says C.H. Spurgeon: "That is one of the chief points on which we ought always to speak, not only to tell of the greatness of the change which the grace of God has wrought in us, but especially to testify to the tenderness of God to us. Oh, how gently did he handle our broken bones! That good Physician of ours has a lion’s heart, but he has a lady’s hand; he does not spare us needful pain, but he never inflicts even a twinge that is unnecessary. And, oh! the pity of his heart toward us when he sees the sorrow which our sin has brought upon us."

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