An Act of Free Distinguishing Love

For He saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. – Romans 10:10

Let me tell you solemnly: if you do not believe God’s right over you, I am afraid your heart has never been right before God. If you do feel this to be true, that God has a right to send your soul to hell, and that if He saves another, and not you, He will be just, but if He save you it will be an act of free distinguishing love, you show a spirit which is very near to the kingdom of heaven. I do not think a man will admit this truth unless he has a change of heart: he may admit it in his mind, but he will not feel it to be true, unless he has got a new heart and a right spirit. I will not go so far as to say that a man who believes divine sovereignty must be a Christian; that were to stretch the truth; but I do say, that if a man is humble enough, meek enough, contrite enough, to lay himself down at the Saviour’s feet with this,

“Nothing in my hands I bring;”

“I have no righteousness, no claims; if Thou shouldst damn me, Thou wouldst be just; if Thou savest me I will thank Thee for ever;” such a man must have had a work of grace in his heart to bring him to such a conclusion. If thou canst say that, then, poor sinner, come to Jesus, come to Jesus; for He will never cast you out.

“My grace shall like a fetter bind
That wandering heart to Me.”

If thou wilt come to Christ, thou shalt always stay there; and over and above that, He will keep thee there. Therefore rejoice; for though He has a right to destroy thee, recollect, He will not; for His heart is full of love and pity towards thee. Only come to Him, and thou shalt be saved. ~ C.H. Spurgeon

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