The Choicest Happiness

Let him know that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way, shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.”- James 5:20

The choicest happiness which mortal breast can know is the happiness of benevolence; of doing good to our fellow-creatures. To save a body from death is that which gives us almost heaven on earth. Some men can boast that they have sent so many souls to perdition; that they have hurled many of their fellows out of the world. We meet, now and then, a soldier who can glory that, in battle, he struck down so many foemen; that his swift and cruel sword reached the heart of so many of his enemies; but I count not that glory… To me it would be the very portal of hell, if I could think I had been a destroyer of my fellow-creatures. But what bliss is it to be the instrument of saving bodies from death!

…But ah! brethren, the body which was saved from death to-day may die to-morrow. Not so the soul that is saved from death: it is saved everlastingly. It is saved beyond the fear of destruction. And if there be joy in the breast of a benevolent man when he saves a body from death, how much more blessed must he be when he is made the means in the hand of God of saving “a soul from death, and hiding a multitude of sins.” ~ C.H. Spurgeon

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