Tag: Compassion

Reverent and sweet submission

Grace Gems Whiteby Grace Gems

Joseph Hall 1574-1656

“I was silent; I would not open my mouth, for You are the one who has done this!” Psalm 39:9

He is not worthy to pass for a child of God, who does not receive His stripes with reverent meekness. Tears may be allowed–but a murmuring frown is no better than rebellion.

Let infidels, then, and ignorants, who think they suffer by chance–repine at their adversities, and be dejected with their afflictions.

For me, who knows that I have a Father in Heaven who is full of mercy and compassion, whose providence has measured out the due proportions of my sorrows, counting my sighs, and reserving the tears which He wrings from me, in His bottle–why do I not patiently lie down and put my mouth in the dust, meekly submitting to His holy pleasure, and blessing the hand from which I smart?

“You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in Your bottle. You have recorded each one in Your book!” Psalm 56:8

by Grace Gems

Our merciful Christ!

J.C. Ryleby J.C. Ryle

“Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus!” Philippians 1:6

Let us take comfort in the thought that the Lord Jesus does not cast off His believing people because of failures and imperfections. He knows what they are.

He takes them, as the husband takes the wife–with all their blemishes and defects; and once joined to Him by faith, He will never leave them. He is a merciful and compassionate High-priest. It is His glory to pass over the transgressions of His people, and to cover their many sins.

He knew what they were before conversion–wicked, guilty, and defiled; yet He loved them. He knows what they will be after conversion–weak, erring, and frail; yet He loves them. He has undertaken to save them, notwithstanding all their shortcomings–and what He has undertaken, He will perform.

“My sheep hear My voice, I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish–ever! No one can snatch them out of My hand.” John 10:27-28

by J.C. Ryle