Quotes and Notes for the Day
THE LOVE OF CHRIST
“But God who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace are ye saved:)”
Repentance; who knows anything about that? If there is no repentance , there can be no pardon. It’s not very often we see sinners who have genuine sorrow for their sins and a deliberate effort to put away the old life. This truth is witnessed by the conversion of a notorious rough named Ike Miller, who once was known as the terror of a mining district in the North of England.
Henry Morehouse, a young preacher scarce out of his boyhood, was preaching to a company of those miners, when Ike Miller came took a seat near the front. Preachers helpers trembled; for this wicked man had threatened to break up the service. The young preacher was notified by the elders to change his subject (sermon) to Hell-fire preaching geared towards that man; but the young preacher refused to change his sermon and preached on the love of Christ.
The young preacher longed to reach the heart of the wild, grimed miner who sat so strangely quiet, gazing into the face of Morehouse. He could but think that there was an eager look in those hard eyes. But when the meeting was over, some the good old men gathered around the preacher regretfully. ” Ah Henry, you did not preach right. you ought to have preached at the Ike Miller. You had a great opportunity and you lost it. That softly sort of preaching won’t do him any good. What does he care about the love of Christ? You ought to have warned him. You ought to have frightened him. And tried to make him see his dreadful danger, and the dreadful punishment he is going to get.” The young preacher only said in a childlike tone, ” I am really sorry I did not preach to him right. I did want to help him.”
Meanwhile the big miner was tramping home. His wife – poor gaunt woman! – heard his steps and startled. “ Home so early?” She involuntarily cried, and ran in front of the children who were crowding themselves into a corner. But as he entered she stared in bewilderment; he was not drunk; he was not scowling. He put his arms around her and kissed her, and said, “Lass, God has brought your husband back to you;” Then gathering up the shrinking children, “My little boy and girl, God has brought your father back to you. Now, let us pray,” and he knelt down. There was a long pause, a silence but for many sobs; he could not think of any words; his heart was praying; but Ike Miller had uttered no prayer and heard no prayer since he was a little boy. At last words from those distant days came back to him – Something that his mother had taught him; and from that hovel floor, in the midst of an abused family, to be abused no more, he sounded out in rugged gutturals, groaned out through his sobs:
“Gentle Jesus, meek and mild, Look up on a little child;
Pity my simplicity, suffer me to come to thee.”
Friend, Think it over: that true repentance is never too late, but late repentance is seldom true.
From the Peoples Gospel Hour Staff
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The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”
But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)
“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!” – The PGH Staff.