It Is His Nature

A bruised reed shall He not break, and smoking flax shall He not quench… – Matthew 12:20

When I was here one day this week, seeing friends who came to join the church there came among the rest a very diffident tender-hearted woman, who said many sweet things to me about her Lord. She said one thing which I specially remember: “I have to-day put four things together, from which I had derived a great deal of comfort,” she told me. “And what are they, my sister?” I asked. “Well,” she said, ” they are those four classes-‘the unthankful and the evil, the ignorant, and them that are out of the way,’ Jesus ‘is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil’, and He ‘can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way,’ and I think that I can get in through those four descriptions. Though I am a great sinner, I believe that He will be kind to me, and have compassion upon me.” I stored that up; for I thought that one of these days I might want it myself; I tell it to you, for if you do not want it now, you may need it one of these days; you may yet have to think that you have been unthankful and evil, ignorant and out of the way, and it will give you comfort to remember that our Lord Jesus is kind to the unthankful and to the evil, and that He “can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way.”

The mercy for us is that our great High Priest is willing to receive the sinful and the suffering, the tried and the tempted; He delights in those that are as bruised reeds and smoking flax; for thus He is able to display the sacred qualifications. The heart of compassion seeks misery, looks for sorrow, and is drawn towards despondency; for there it can exercise its gracious mission to the full. ~ C.H. Spurgeon

3 thoughts on “It Is His Nature

  1. Another great insightful writing penned by Spurgeon! So true how when the Lord is within we are able to tolerate the intolerable. Even our enemies are at peace with us. When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. (Proverbs 16:7). God Bless You Always Sherry.

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