It’s been far too long since we’ve had a Spurgeon post!
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know the drill. Spurgeon’s quotes are in italics and my thoughts are in regular text beneath.
If He could grow weary of me, He would have been tired of me long before now.
We all give our loved ones reasons to be tired of us. And we get tired of them.
You know what I mean. After about ten minutes (if that) of listening to your eccentric uncle talk about conspiracy theories, you just want to escape.
But all the annoying habits of our friends and family don’t compare to all the reasons we give God to be tired of us.
Think of how frustrated your parents were as you grew up. They told you not to save your broccoli for last, but you did it time and time again. They still loved you, but man, they were tired of you.
God tells us to love the brethren, to spend time in His Word, and to walk in obedience. But more often than not, we fall into sin.
Even though He has every reason to, God doesn’t get tired of us. He doesn’t walk away and declare us a lost cause. He started a work in us and He will complete it (Phil. 1:6).
Prayer must not be our chance work, but our daily business, our habit and vocation.
Sometimes the simplest things are the hardest.
Prayer is honestly a very simple concept. You don’t need a seminary degree to pray. It should be as natural to you as breathing (J.C. Ryle makes this point in A Call to Prayer).
Too often, we make prayer into more of a hobby than a habit. It’s just something we do when we need something or before we eat dinner.
But Spurgeon is calling us to dedicate ourselves to prayer. It is a privilege to be able to talk to the God of the universe. We shouldn’t neglect it.
When you wax indignant because you have been badly treated, and you think of returning evil for evil, remember this text, “The fruit of the Spirit is love.”
“Ah,” you say, “it was shameful!”
Of course it was: and therefore do not imitate it: do not render railing for railing, but contrariwise blessing, for “the fruit of the Spirit is love.”
I love this quote so much. I can almost hear the sarcasm in “Of course it was: and therefore do not imitate it.”
The Bible says to not seek revenge. Vengeance belongs to the Lord, not to us.
We need to forgive those who hurt us and walk in love towards them.
I just finished reading Jonathan Edwards’ Charity and Its Fruits. I copied down a quote that I think speaks to this issue of love and revenge.
“If others, then, provoke us, instead of being angry with them, let our first thoughts be turned to ourselves and let it put us on self-reflection, and lead us to inquire whether we have not been guilty of the very same things that excite our anger, or even of worse. Thus, thinking of our own failings and errors would tend to keep us from undue anger with others.”
Instead of lashing out, examine yourself and see if you have done the same thing to others and seek to love those who hurt you.
When you feel yourself to be utterly unworthy, you have hit the truth.
As soon as we think that there is something within us that caused God to choose us, we’ve fallen into self-righteous pride.
Without God’s grace, we are dead. Before He regenerated our hearts, we were blind and blissfully trodding the path to hell.
We are unworthy of His grace and mercy. There is absolutely nothing in us that caused God to rescue us from sin.
Salvation is all of grace (Eph. 2:8-9).
Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.
Have you ever been so worried or anxious about something that you get nothing done?
I find this to be a common problem. I have so much to do that I get overwhelmed and waste a good chunk of time on social media. Then I have the same amount of tasks, but less time to do them!
Anxiety is draining, but trusting God is refreshing.
Remember in Matthew 6 where Jesus talks about birds and flowers? He reminds us that if God provides for the needs of creation, He will provide for His people.
“Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.” (Matthew 6:34)
No matter how much time we spend worrying, we can’t affect the outcome of the situation. Worrying does nothing but waste time.
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