(James Smith, “Comfort for Christians!”)
“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us! God is love.” (1 John 4:16)
The sweeter the truth–the more backward we often are to receive and believe it. Therefore it must be presented to us again and again. What is more pleasant, than the fact that “God is love”?
Yet so quickly we doubt it, or forget it, or fail to realize it. Therefore the Gospel presents it to us again and again, and in almost every possible form. Twice within the scope of a few verses, John tells us that “God is love” (1 John 4:8,16).
(J.R. Miller, “Intimate Letters on Personal Problems” 1914)
Love never gets its debts paid off. “Do not owe anyone anything, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.” Romans 13:8
Paul implies that we never can pay off all love’s debts, or even if we do get them paid off at the close of some happy day–we shall find them waiting at our door in the morning, as clamorous as ever. Of course, LOVE is the law of Christian life. We cannot be Christlike–unless we love. But oh! is not love tremendously costly sometimes?
(James Smith, “The Love of Christ! The Fullness, Freeness, and Immutability of the Savior’s Grace Displayed!”)
But for the love of Christ, our world would have been one continuous Hell–and every one of its inhabitants would have been suffering Jehovah’s tremendous curse!
Despair would have erected its dreadful throne upon it;
darkness would have spread its horrifying wings over it; and
the never-dying worm would have preyed upon every one of its miserable inhabitants!
O let us then admire the love of Jesus! From this blessed fountain, flows all our present comforts and all our future prospects!
To the love of Jesus, every Heaven-bound pilgrim has been indebted . . .
for every gleam of hope,
for every ray of comfort,
for every delightful foretaste of the glory which is to be revealed!
To the love of Jesus, we shall be everlastingly indebted for all that we have–and for all that we are!
Thanks, eternal thanks to Jesus–for His unspeakable love!
“May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully!” Ephesians 3:19
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(James Smith, “The Pastor’s Morning Visit”)
“Only acknowledge your iniquity!” Jeremiah 3:13
Will the Lord receive us when we have backslidden from Him, and are desirous of returning to Him? Oh, yes, He invites, He exhorts, He beseeches us to return! Nor does He prescribe any hard conditions–but He says, “Only acknowledge your iniquity!”
He is so ready to forgive, so infinitely gracious in His nature–that if we only confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Have we wandered?
Have we left our first love?
Let us go and return to our first husband, for then it was better with us than now. His affections yearn for us, His arms are open to receive us, and He waits to fall upon our neck and kiss us!
Let us go to His throne of grace–and there . . .
confess our sins,
beg His pardon,
sigh for the enjoyment of His love–
and He will restore unto us the joys of His salvation.
Let us daily confess our iniquities unto the Lord, and He will pardon our numerous sins.
In His favor is life. In His frown is distress and woe.
He delights in mercy.
He will receive us, pardon us, and bless us–like a God!
His mercy endures forever!
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(James Smith, “The Pastor’s Morning Visit”)
“You are My friends!” John 15:14
What infinite condescension in Jesus, to call us sinful worms–His friends! But He not only calls us so–but treats us as such! And expects us as His friends–to do whatever He commands us.
Is Jesus your friend?
Then visit Him often–let Him hear your voice in prayer and praise.
Then trust Him confidently–let Him see evidence of your faith in your dependence.
Then walk with Him in love–let Him enjoy much of your company.
Then expect Him to be your Friend . . .
in sickness and health,
in poverty and plenty,
in life and in death!
If Jesus is our Friend–we can never be destitute. If our father and mother forsake us–He will take us up and take us in. Continue reading
They put the nickels and the pennies in the collection plate!
(J. R. Miller, “Saul Rejected as King” 1908)
“Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy everything that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys!” 1 Samuel 15:3
“Saul and the troops spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, cattle, and fatlings, as well as the young rams and the best of everything else. But they did destroy all the worthless and unwanted things.” 1 Samuel 15:9
They utterly destroyed all the common spoil–but spared whatever was especially good. They kept all the fat, plump sheep and cattle–and destroyed the poor, lean and worthless ones. That is the way with a good many people. They are quite ready to devote to God the things they do not care much for–but the things that are desirable for their own use, they keep. Continue reading
"I have loved you, My people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to Myself!" Jeremiah 31:3
He loved you without beginning. Before years, and centuries, and millenniums began to be counted–your name was on His heart! Eternal thoughts of love have been in God’s bosom towards you. He has loved you without a pause; there never was a minute in which He did not love you. Your name once engraved upon His hands–has never been erased, nor will He ever blot it out of the Book of Life.