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Because the Lord loves you

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Because the Lord loves you

(Letters of John Newton)

“For the Lord disciplines the one HeĀ loves, and chastises every son whom He receives.” Hebrews 12:6Ā 

“Those whom IĀ loveĀ I rebuke and discipline.” Revelation 3:19Ā 

My Dear Friend,
Because the Lord loves you–He appoints trials for you. Like most effectual medicines, they are neither pleasant to the taste nor in their operation, when first taken–but afterwards they yield a harvest of righteousness and peace. He sends them not for His own pleasure, but for our profit.Ā 

He could relieve you in a moment, but He does not. The plain inference is, that it is good, it is best for us to be afflicted!

I have had my trials, and I can from experience bear testimony to His all-sufficiency and faithfulness.Ā 

He does all things well.Ā How can He who is infinitely wise and good, do otherwise?

“My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline and do not resent His rebuke, because the LORD disciplines those HeĀ loves, as a father the son he delights in.” Proverbs 3:11-12Ā 

What a pavilion of comfort is this!

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What a pavilion of comfort is this!

(Octavius Winslow)

“As the Father has loved Me–so have I loved you!” John 15:9Ā 

Believer, you have a home in the heart of Jesus!Ā What a pavilion of comfort is this–the love of Christ! To know that the affections of Jesus embrace and entwine around us, to be assured that He loves us each one as though we were the only one whom He loved–what a privilege and a bliss!

And yet so it is, Jesus loves you, cares for you, watches over and sympathizes with you–as if you were the only one whom He loved. “He lovedĀ me–and gave Himself forĀ me!” Seek this individual consciousness of Christ’s love, and you will be supremely happy!

The infinite tenderness of Jesus!

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The infinite tenderness of Jesus!

(Charles Spurgeon)

“I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd sacrifices His life for the sheep!” John 10:11Ā 

“He will carry the lambs in His bosom, holding them close to His heart!” Isaiah 40:11

Who is He of whom such gracious words are spoken? He is the Good Shepherd. Why does He carry the lambs in His bosom? Because He has a tender heart, and any weakness in His redeemed children at once melts His heart.Ā 

The sighs, the ignorance, the feebleness of the little ones of His flock draw forth His compassion.Ā 

He is considerate of the weak of His flock. He purchased them with His blood, they are His property–He must and will care for those who cost Him so dear.Ā 

He is responsible for each lamb, bound by covenant engagements not to lose one. They are all a part of His glory and reward.Ā 

“He carries the lambs in His bosom!”

Here isĀ boundless affection. Would He put them in His bosom if He did not love them so much?Ā 

Here isĀ tender nearness. So near are they, that they could not possibly be nearer.Ā 

Here isĀ hallowed familiarity. There are precious ‘love passages’ between Christ and His weak ones.Ā 

Here isĀ perfect safety. In His bosom, who can hurt them? None can snatch them away from His omnipotence! They can never perish–ever!Ā 

Here isĀ perfect restĀ andĀ sweetest comfort.Ā 

Surely we are not sufficiently sensible ofĀ the infinite tenderness of Jesus!

The unsearchable riches of Christ!

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The unsearchable riches of Christ!

(Samuel Davies)

The unsearchable riches of Christ!” Ephesians 3:8

Consider what rich blessings Christ has purchased for His people; purchased not with corruptible things such as silver and goldā€”but with His own precious blood! TheĀ purchase priceĀ recommends and endears the blessings, though they are so great in themselves, as to need no such recommendation! What can be greater or more suitable blessings to hell-bound sinners, than . . .
Ā Ā pardonĀ for the guilty,
Ā Ā redemptionĀ for slaves,
Ā Ā righteousnessĀ andĀ justificationĀ for the condemned,
Ā Ā sanctificationĀ for the unholy,
Ā Ā restĀ for the weary,
Ā Ā comfortĀ for mourners,
Ā  theĀ favor of GodĀ for rebels and exiles,
Ā Ā strengthĀ for the impotent,
Ā Ā protectionĀ for the helpless, andĀ 
Ā Ā everlasting happinessĀ for the heirs of hell!Ā 
And, to sum up allā€”graceĀ andĀ glory, andĀ every good thing, andĀ all the unsearchable riches of Christā€”for the wretched and miserable; for the poor, the blind, and naked!

These are blessings indeed, and, in comparison with themā€”all the riches of the world are impoverished, and vanish to nothing!

O Lord, There Is None Like You!

When that monster of a man hung!

(James Smith, “The Believer’s Companion in Seasons of Affliction and Trouble” 1842)

“O Lord, there is none like You!” 1 Chronicles 17:20

Truly, our God is without a parallel!

He could dash His enemies to Hell with one word, and drive them to despair. But instead of this, He constantly provides for them–and many of them are fed by Him with the richest blessings of His providence. He . . .

spreads their tables,
supplies their needs, and
pours His favors upon them abundantly–though they . . .
blaspheme His name,
despise the mention of His grace, and
bid Him to depart from them, in disdain!

He preserves them from a variety of dangers, which would otherwise hurry them out of time into eternity.

He bears with them from day to day, and does not allow their wickedness to arouse His ire, to their immediate destruction. Who, besides Jehovah, would thus feed, preserve, warn, and bear with such obstinate, careless, provoking wretches? Surely none!

“What base rebellious wretches they;
And God as strangely kind!”

When, in His own time, any of His enemies are brought to discover their wickedness, feel their danger, desire to escape their deserved doom, and apply to Him–He freely pardons them, and forgets all their past unkindness!

When that monster of a man hung by the side of Jesus on the cross, mocking His dying agonies, reviling His dear name, and endeavoring to add to His tremendous sorrows–Jesus was as silent as one who heard not, as patient as one who felt not, and as kind as one who had been treated with all possible respect! For, no sooner does the bold blasphemer cry, “Lord remember me!” than Jesus answers, “Today you shall be with Me in paradise!”

And can you, O my Savior, freely and fully pardon such a wretch as that? Can you take him in Your arms, to paradise? Can you forget his scarlet crimes, the insults he offered, and the daring wickedness manifested by him but a few minutes before? “O Lord, there is none like You!”

The vile thief enters Heaven, to . . .
the astonishment of angels,
the confusion of devils,
the wonder of glorified saints, and
the honor of the dear, dear Redeemer!

Jesus not only fully pardons the penitent–but He cordially accepts him! He receives him as one of the dear objects of His love, and says to each and every one such, “I have blotted out your sins as a cloud, and your iniquities as a thick cloud!”

He kindly visits them, as though they had never acted unkindly toward Him; and constantly blesses them with spiritual, holy, and eternal blessings. He . . .

clothes them with the garments of His righteousness,
beautifies them with the graces of His Spirit,
comforts them with the promises of His love,
acknowledges them at His throne of grace,
defends them against their cruel and malicious foes,
tenderly expostulates with them when they wander from Him,
mercifully warns them of their dangers and foes,
kindly exhorts them to cleave close to Himself,
wisely corrects them when they wickedly stray, and
will crown them with glory at the end of their race!

And what returns does He frequently get for His kindness and love? Alas! alas! Too often, ingratitude, rebellion, hardness of heart, alienation of affection, forgetfulness of His mercies, and following after other lovers rather than Himself!

“O Lord, there is none like You!” 1 Chronicles 17:20


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