Tag Archives: Mercy

An almost Christian

James Smith, “The Way of Salvation Set Forth”

“Then Agrippa said to Paul: You almost persuade me to become a Christian!” Acts 26:28

There are many who conclude that they are Christians, because they have been enlightened to see something of their state, danger, and deserved doom. But many are only lighted to Hell, for light in the mind–is not life in the soul. Hebrews 6:4, 10:20.

A person may be awakened to feel, to tremble, to desire salvation–as did Felix and Balaam, Acts 24:25, Numbers 23:10.

He may be reformed, and turn from open profanity to strict morality–as did some in Peter’s day, 2 Peter 2:20.

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The presence of a compassionate God!

(Brooks, “A Word in Season to Suffering Saints”)
“His compassions never fail!” Lamentations 3:22
Each believer has the presence of . . .
  a God of mercy,
  a God of tenderness,
  a God of compassion.
Mercy is as essential to God–as light is to the sun,
or as heat is to the fire. He delights in mercy. Patience,
and mildness, and mercy, and compassion, and peace
–are the fruits of His heart. God’s compassions are . . .
fatherly compassions, Psalm 103:13;
motherly compassions, Isaiah 49:15;
brotherly compassions, Hebrews 2:12;
friendly compassions, Canticles 5:1-2.
Oh, how sweet must the presence of a God of mercy, a
God of compassion–be to the saints in a day of trouble!
The presence of a compassionate friend in a day of distress
is very desirable and comfortable; what then is the
presence of a compassionate God!

Photo by William Sokolenko

All the sins of the saints!

“We know that all things work together for good, to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

All the afflictions, and
all the temptations, and
all the desertions, and
all the oppressions, and
all the oppositions, and
all the persecutions

which befall a godly man–shall work for his good.

Every cross, and
every loss, and
every disease–
which befall the holy man–shall work for his good.

Every device,
every snare,
every deceit,
every stratagem,
and every enterprise of Satan against the holy man–shall work for his good.

They shall all help to make him . . .

more humble,
  more holy,
  more heavenly,
  more spiritual,
  more faithful,
  more fruitful,
  more watchful.

Every prosperity–and every adversity,
every storm–and every calm,
every bitter–and every sweet,
every cross–and every comfort,
shall work for the holy man’s good.

When God gives a mercy–that shall work for his good.

When God takes away a mercy–that shall work for his good.

Yes, even all the falls and all the sins of the saints shall work for their good. Oh . . .

  the care,
  the fear,
  the watchfulness,
  the tenderness,
  the zeal–

which God raises in the souls of His saints by their very falls! Oh the hatred, the indignation, and the detestation–which God raises in the hearts of His children against sin–by their very falling into sin!

Oh what love to Christ,
what thankfulness for Christ,
what admiration of Christ,
what cleaving to Christ,
what exalting of Christ,
what drawings from Christ’s grace–
are saints led to, by their very falls!

It is the glory of God’s holiness, that . . .

He can turn spiritual diseases–into holy remedies!
  He can turn soul poisons–into heavenly cordials!
  He can prevent sin by sin, and cure falling by falling!
O Christian!

What though friends and relations frown upon you,
what though enemies are plotting and conspiring against you,
what though needs, like armed men, are breaking in upon you, what though men rage, and devils roar against you,
what though sickness is devastating your family,
what though death stands every day at your elbow–
yet there is no reason for you to fear nor faint, because all these things shall work for your good! Yes, there is wonderful cause of joy and rejoicing, in all the afflictions and tribulations which come upon you–considering that they shall all work for your good.

O Christians! I am afraid, I am afraid–that you do not run so often as you should–to the breasts of this promise, nor draw that sweetness and comfort from it, that it would yield, and that your several cases may require: “We know that all things work together for good, to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” I have been the longer upon this verse, because the condition of God’s people calls for the strongest cordials, and the choicest and the sweetest comforts.