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Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening - October 02, 2015

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> "The hope which is laid up for you in heaven."
> Colossians 1:5
> Our hope in Christ for the future is the mainspring and the mainstay of our joy
here. It will animate our hearts to think often of heaven, for all that we can
desire is promised there. Here we are weary and toilworn, but yonder is the land
of rest where the sweat of labour shall no more bedew the worker's brow, and
fatigue shall be forever banished.

To those who are weary and spent, the word
"rest" is full of heaven. We are always in the field of battle; we are so tempted
within, and so molested by foes without, that we have little or no peace; but in
heaven we shall enjoy the victory, when the banner shall be waved aloft in
triumph, and the sword shall be sheathed, and we shall hear our Captain say, "Well
done, good and faithful servant."

We have suffered bereavement after bereavement,
but we are going to the land of the immortal where graves are unknown things. Here
sin is a constant grief to us, but there we shall be perfectly holy, for there
shall by no means enter into that kingdom anything which defileth. Hemlock springs
not up in the furrows of celestial fields. Oh! is it not joy, that you are not to
be in banishment forever, that you are not to dwell eternally in this wilderness,
but shall soon inherit Canaan? Nevertheless let it never be said of us, that we
are dreaming about the future and forgetting the present, let the future sanctify
the present to highest uses.

Through the Spirit of God the hope of heaven is the
most potent force for the product of virtue; it is a fountain of joyous effort, it
is the corner stone of cheerful holiness. The man who has this hope in him goes
about his work with vigour, for the joy of the Lord is his strength. He fights
against temptation with ardour, for the hope of the next world repels the fiery
darts of the adversary. He can labour without present reward, for he looks for a
reward in the world to come.
> Evening
> "A man greatly beloved."
> Daniel 10:11
> Child of God, do you hesitate to appropriate this title? Ah! has your unbelief
made you forget that you are greatly beloved too? Must you not have been greatly
beloved, to have been bought with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb
without blemish and without spot? When God smote his only begotten Son for you,
what was this but being greatly beloved? You lived in sin, and rioted in it, must
you not have been greatly beloved for God to have borne so patiently with you? You
were called by grace and led to a Saviour, and made a child of God and an heir of

All this proves, does it not, a very great and superabounding love? Since
that time, whether your path has been rough with troubles, or smooth with mercies,
it has been full of proofs that you are a man greatly beloved. If the Lord has
chastened you, yet not in anger; if he has made you poor, yet in grace you have
been rich. The more unworthy you feel yourself to be, the more evidence have you
that nothing but unspeakable love could have led the Lord Jesus to save such a
soul as yours. The more demerit you feel, the clearer is the display of the
abounding love of God in having chosen you, and called you, and made you an heir
of bliss.

Now, if there be such love between God and us let us live in the
influence and sweetness of it, and use the privilege of our position. Do not let
us approach our Lord as though we were strangers, or as though he were unwilling
to hear us--for we are greatly beloved by our loving Father. "He that spared not
his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also
freely give us all things?" Come boldly, O believer, for despite the whisperings
of Satan and the doubtings of thine own heart, thou art greatly beloved. Meditate
on the exceeding greatness and faithfulness of divine love this evening, and so go
to thy bed in peace.
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