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Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening - October 21, 2015

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> "The love of Christ constraineth us."
> 2 Corinthians 5:14
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> How much owest thou unto my Lord? Has he ever done anything for thee? Has he
forgiven thy sins? Has he covered thee with a robe of righteousness? Has he set
thy feet upon a rock? Has he established thy goings? Has he prepared heaven for
thee? Has he prepared thee for heaven? Has he written thy name in his book of
life? Has he given thee countless blessings? Has he laid up for thee a store of
mercies, which eye hath not seen nor ear heard? Then do something for Jesus worthy
of his love.

Give not a mere wordy offering to a dying Redeemer. How will you feel
when your Master comes, if you have to confess that you did nothing for him, but
kept your love shut up, like a stagnant pool, neither flowing forth to his poor or
to his work. Out on such love as that! What do men think of a love which never
shows itself in action? Why, they say, "Open rebuke is better than secret love."
Who will accept a love so weak that it does not actuate you to a single deed of
self-denial, of generosity, of heroism, or zeal! Think how he has loved you, and
given himself for you! Do you know the power of that love? Then let it be like a
rushing mighty wind to your soul to sweep out the clouds of your worldliness, and
clear away the mists of sin.

"For Christ's sake" be this the tongue of fire that
shall sit upon you: "for Christ's sake" be this the divine rapture, the heavenly
afflatus to bear you aloft from earth, the divine spirit that shall make you bold
as lions and swift as eagles in your Lord's service. Love should give wings to the
feet of service, and strength to the arms of labour. Fixed on God with a constancy
that is not to be shaken, resolute to honour him with a determination that is not
to be turned aside, and pressing on with an ardour never to be wearied, let us
manifest the constraints of love to Jesus. May the divine loadstone draw us
heavenward towards itself.
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> Evening
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> "Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?"
> Luke 24:38
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> "Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest O Israel, my way is hid from the Lord, and
my judgment is passed over from my God?" The Lord cares for all things, and the
meanest creatures share in his universal providence, but his particular providence
is over his saints. "The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear
him." "Precious shall their blood be in his sight." "Precious in the sight of the
Lord is the death of his saints."

"We know that all things work together for good
to them that love God, to them that are the called according to his purpose." Let
the fact that, while he is the Saviour of all men, he is specially the Saviour of
them that believe, cheer and comfort you. You are his peculiar care; his regal
treasure which he guards as the apple of his eye; his vineyard over which he
watches day and night. "The very hairs of your head are all numbered." Let the
thought of his special love to you be a spiritual pain-killer, a dear quietus to
your woe: "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." God says that as much to
you as to any saint of old. "Fear not, I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great
reward."

We lose much consolation by the habit of reading his promises for the
whole church, instead of taking them directly home to ourselves. Believer, grasp
the divine word with a personal, appropriating faith. Think that you hear Jesus
say, "I have prayed for thee that thy faith fail not." Think you see him walking
on the waters of thy trouble, for he is there, and he is saying, "Fear not, it is
I; be not afraid." Oh, those sweet words of Christ! May the Holy Ghost make you
feel them as spoken to you; forget others for awhile--accept the voice of Jesus as
addressed to you, and say, "Jesus whispers consolation; I cannot refuse it; I will
sit under his shadow with great delight."
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