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Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 3

NEWMARKET, March 12, 1850.

MY DEAR FATHER, —

Many thanks to you for your kind instructive, and unexpected letter…. My very best love to dear Mother; I hope she will soon be better.

At our last church-meeting, I was proposed. No one has been to see me yet. I hope that now I may be doubly circumspect, and doubly prayerful. How could a Christian live happily, or live at all, if he had not the assurance that his life is in Christ, and his support, the Lord’s undertaking? I am sure I would not have dared to take this great decisive step were it not that I am assured that Omnipotence will be my support, and the Shepherd of Israel my constant Protector. Prayer is to me now what the sucking of milk was to me in my infancy. Although I do not always feel the same relish for it, yet I am sure I cannot live without it.

“When by sin overwhelm’d, shame covers my face,
I look unto Jesus who saves by His grace;
I call on His name from the gulf of despair,
And He plucks me from hell in answer to prayer.
Prayer, sweet prayer I
Be it ever so feeble, there’s nothing like prayer.”

Even the Slough of Despond can be passed by the supports of prayer and faith. Blessed be the name of the Lord, despondency has vanished like a mist, before the Sun of righteousness, who has shone into my heart! “Truly, God is good to Israel.” In the blackest darkness I resolved that, if I never had another ray of comfort, and even if I was everlastingly lost, yet I would love Jesus, and endeavor to run in the way of His commandments: from the. time that I was enabled thus to resolve, all these clouds have fled. If they return, I fear not to meet them in the strength of the Beloved. One trial to me is that I have nothing to give up for Christ, nothing wherein to show my love to Him. What I can do, is little; and what I DO now, is less. The tempter says, “You don’t leave anything for Christ; you only follow Him to be saved by it. Where are your evidences?” Then I tell him that I have given up my self righteousness, and he says, “Yes, but not till you saw it was filthy rags!” All I have to answer is, that my sufficiency is not of myself.

(Thursday afternoon.)

I have just now received a very nice note from my dear Mother. Many thanks to you for the P.O. Order. I do not know what money obligations are imposed upon members; I must do as you tell me.

(Here a piece of the letter has been cut out.)

I am glad brother and sister are better. Again my best love to you all.

I am,
Dear Father,
Your affectionate son,

CHARLES.

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