Shut Not Out Your Own Mercy

“I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not My people, thou art My people; and they shall say, Thou art my God.” – Hosea 2:23

O words of wondrous grace! No search is needed to find the Lord, for He comes in manifested grace, and calls upon us to see Him. “I have long been searching for Christ” murmurs one. What! seeking for the sun at noonday? Jesus is not lost. It is you that are lost, and He is searching for you…Still one declares that he has been seeking the Lord Jesus for many a day. This is sadly strange, for Jesus is near. “Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? or, Who shall descend into the deep? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that if thou wilt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thy heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” If thou believest in the Lord Jesus Christ, thou shalt be saved.

If you are in yourself sadly unready, yet He himself will make everything ready for Himself. Only open wide the door, and let Him in. Do you say, “But I am ashamed”? Be ashamed. He bids you be ashamed, and be confounded, while He declares, “I do not this for your sakes.” Yet be not so ashamed as to commit another shameful deed by shutting the door in your Redeemer’s face. Shut not out your own mercy…Many a troubled soul thinks that Jesus is one who comes to ask of us what we cannot give; but indeed He comes to give us all things. His errand is not to condemn, but to forgive. Miss not the charity of God through unbelief. Run to the door, and say to your loving Redeemer, “Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldest come under my roof; but as Thou hast come to me, I welcome Thee with all my heart.” ~ C.H. Spurgeon

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