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Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening - November 29, 2015

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> "Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people ... Thou shalt in
any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him."
> Leviticus 19:16-17
> Tale-bearing emits a threefold poison; for it injures the teller, the hearer, and
the person concerning whom the tale is told. Whether the report be true or false,
we are by this precept of God's Word forbidden to spread it. The reputations of
the Lord's people should be very precious in our sight, and we should count it
shame to help the devil to dishonour the Church and the name of the Lord.

tongues need a bridle rather than a spur. Many glory in pulling down their
brethren, as if thereby they raised themselves. Noah's wise sons cast a mantle
over their father, and he who exposed him earned a fearful curse. We may ourselves
one of these dark days need forbearance and silence from our brethren, let us
render it cheerfully to those who require it now. Be this our family rule, and our
personal bond--Speak evil of no man.
> The Holy Spirit, however, permits us to censure sin, and prescribes the way in
which we are to do it. It must be done by rebuking our brother to his face, not by
railing behind his back. This course is manly, brotherly, Christlike, and under
God's blessing will be useful. Does the flesh shrink from it?

Then we must lay the
greater stress upon our conscience, and keep ourselves to the work, lest by
suffering sin upon our friend we become ourselves partakers of it. Hundreds have
been saved from gross sins by the timely, wise, affectionate warnings of faithful
ministers and brethren. Our Lord Jesus has set us a gracious example of how to
deal with erring friends in his warning given to Peter, the prayer with which he
preceded it, and the gentle way in which he bore with Peter's boastful denial that
he needed such a caution.
> Evening
> "Spices for anointing oil."
> Exodus 35:8
> Much use was made of this anointing oil under the law, and that which it
represents is of primary importance under the gospel. The Holy Spirit, who anoints
us for all holy service, is indispensable to us if we would serve the Lord
acceptably. Without his aid our religious services are but a vain oblation, and
our inward experience is a dead thing. Whenever our ministry is without unction,
what miserable stuff it becomes! nor are the prayers, praises, meditations, and
efforts of private Christians one jot superior.

A holy anointing is the soul and
life of piety, its absence the most grievous of all calamities. To go before the
Lord without anointing is as though some common Levite had thrust himself into the
priest's office--his ministrations would rather have been sins than services. May
we never venture upon hallowed exercises without sacred anointings. They drop upon
us from our glorious Head; from his anointing we who are as the skirts of his
garments partake of a plenteous unction. Choice spices were compounded with rarest
art of the apothecary to form the anointing oil, to show forth to us how rich are
all the influences of the Holy Spirit. All good things are found in the divine

Matchless consolation, infallible instruction, immortal quickening,
spiritual energy, and divine sanctification all lie compounded with other
excellencies in that sacred eye-salve, the heavenly anointing oil of the Holy
Spirit. It imparts a delightful fragrance to the character and person of the man
upon whom it is poured. Nothing like it can be found in all the treasuries of the
rich, or the secrets of the wise. It is not to be imitated. It comes alone from
God, and it is freely given, through Jesus Christ, to every waiting soul. Let us
seek it, for we may have it, may have it this very evening. O Lord, anoint thy
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