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Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 182

WORDS OF SYMPATHY

To [Rev. J. W. Harrald].

[Undated.]

DEAR HARRALD, —

The Lord Himself comfort you. What can we do?

He is your Helper. I think we can manage the letters until you can come. I am better this morning, but I have had a thorough knock over such as I little expected. The Lord’s hand is in all these troubles. Get out of your house as soon as you can or we may have you ill also. The Lord bless thee and keep thee, dear Brother, and be more than ever thy Comforter.

Yours in great sympathy,

C. H. SPURGEON.

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The Wednesday Word: It”s Personal

The Grace of God has appeared in the person of Jesus Christ, the Eternal Word made flesh. He is full of grace and truth” and “of His fullness, we have all received grace upon grace” (John 1:14,16). Literally, we have received grace “piled upon” grace. In much the same way the seashore is subject to the continual arrival of wave after wave so we have received and are receiving continual waves of grace in Christ Jesus.

Do we believe that? If we believe it, we will enjoy it!

Jesus is the Grace of God in human form. He is the full illustration and explanation of Grace. We sometimes forget that Grace is a person (Titus 2:11). When we, therefore, say we are saved by Grace, we are declaring that we are saved by someone other than us. We are actually saved by Christ Jesus and His accomplishments. To consent to be saved by Grace is to consent to be saved by the works of another. Christ’s work for us was perfect, His work is sufficient and by faith alone, His work is ours.

May we never rest on anything or anyone other than Jesus. May we never rest on the fact of our conversion to save us. May we never rest on our faith to save us. May we never rest on ‘Christ in us’ to save us. May we rest on Christ and His finished work alone. May He be personal to us. May we be able to speak of Christ my Saviour not merely of Christ the Saviour.

When Christ manifests His grace, He manifests Himself.

This is why His grace is Glorious (Ephesians 1:6);

Abundant (Acts 4:33)

Rich (Ephesians 1:7).

Manifold (many-sided) (1 Peter 4:10)

Sufficient (there is never a shortage) (2 Cor 12:9).

All the worth and preciousness of Christ is ours. All the guilt we had is His. This is pure grace. All our debt in the past has been settled by grace. All our debt in the present has been settled by grace. All our debt in the future has been settled by Grace.

May we all learn what it is to receive the abundant grace of God for ourselves.

The following is a marvellous illustration of grace in action.

In the 1800’s London had two famous preachers, Charles Spurgeon and Joseph Parker. On one occasion, Parker commented about the poor condition of children admitted to Spurgeon’s orphanage. Word of this came to Spurgeon but by the time it arrived, it was reported to Spurgeon that Parker had criticized the orphanage itself. Spurgeon blasted Parker from his pulpit and the attack was printed in the newspaper and became the talk of the town. Londoners flocked to Parker’s church the next Sunday to hear his rebuttal. Here’s what Parker said, “I understand Dr. Spurgeon is not in his pulpit today, and this is the Sunday they use to take an offering for the orphanage,” Parker said. “I suggest we take a love offering for the orphanage.” The crowd was delighted; ushers had to empty the collection plates three times. Later that week, there was a knock at Parker’s study. It was Spurgeon. “You know, Parker, you have practiced grace on me,” he said. “You have given me not what I deserved; you have given me what I needed.”

May we all have the grace to live as though grace has indeed arrived and may we learn to practice grace on one another!

We can make it personal!

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com 

Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 181

WORDS OF SYMPATHY

To [Rev. W. Y. Fullerton].

WESTWOOD, Feb. 17, 1886.

DEAR BROTHER, —

I am sorely afflicted in your affliction. What a grand voice is thus silenced! Rest. Leave all thought of the work. The Lord will help me in this extremity. Only do you be still. In this will lie your hope. A good wife and a quiet mind stayed on God will be the best helps to recovery. Mrs. Spurgeon grieves much. My true love be with you ever.

Yours heartily,

C. H. SPURGEON.

Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 180

WORDS OF SYMPATHY

To [Rev. F. J. Feltham].

MENTONE. [Undated.]

DEAR MR. FELTHAM,—

It is a great sorrow to lose such a mother, but also a great joy to know it is well with her. She could not have passed away under happier circumstances. She must have been glad to see her son so happily settled, and then gladder still to be with her Lord for ever. No lingering sickness, no fierce pain; but gentle dismission, and instant admission into the glory. I envy her as much as I dare. The Lord be with you and your beloved, and comfort you to the full!

Your sympathizing friend,

C. H. SPURGEON.

Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 179

WORDS OF SYMPATHY

To [Rev. W. J. Mayers].

CLAPHAM, July 25, 1874.

DEAR FRIEND, —

I am deeply grieved by the sad news which has just arrived by telegram. It is unexpected indeed. I pray that your will may run side by side with that of your Lord, and may you even thank Him, “for so it seemed good in Thy sight.” He can see no reason or goodness in the removal because we are quite unable to see afar off, but faith knows that there is both wisdom and love in it, and leaves all to the far seeing Lord. The Comforter will be with you; a deeper experience of trial will prepare you for greater heights of service. Sharp pruning will increase sweet fruit.

With the utmost love,

Your sympathizing friend,

C. H. SPURGEON.

Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 178

WORDS OF SYMPATHY

To [Rev. W. Cuff].

NIGHTINGALE LANE, Nov. 30.

DEAR FRIEND, —

I beseech our Lord to minister comfort both to you and your sorrowing wife. It must be a very severe stroke to you, and it is a sign that our Father loves you very much and thinks a great deal of you. I had a watch once which I allowed to lie at ease and never worried it with cleaning for I thought it worthless; but one which keeps time to a second gets wound up every night with a key which touches its inmost springs, and sometimes it gets taken to pieces — for it is worth it.

You will have the presence of the Comforter in this trial. You are dear to me for your work’s sake and also for yourself.

May all grace abound towards you by Christ Jesus.

Your busy friend,

C. H. SPURGEON.

Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 177

WORDS OF SYMPATHY

To [Rev. Thomas Curme.]

WESTWOOD, June 12, 1884.

DEAR FRIEND, —

I casually heard from Mr. Abraham that you were in, but I had no idea that it was a serious matter; but Mr. Rochfort has kindly given me further news.

I feel very sad about it, but I am sure you do not. The loss will be ours, and Heaven and you will gain.

Dear loving brother, you have nothing now to do but to go home; and what a home! You will be quite at home where all is love, for you have lived in that blessed element, and are filled with it. I shall soon come hobbling after you, and shall find you out. We are bound to gravitate to each other whether here or in glory. We love the same Lord, and the same blessed truth.

May the everlasting arms be underneath you! I breathe for you a loving, tender prayer, — “ Lord, comfort Thy dear servant, and when he departs, may it be across a dried-up river into the land of living fountains!”

I am fifty next Thursday, and you are near your Jubilee. In this we are alike; but Jesus is the highest joy. Into the Father’s hands I commit you, “until the day break, and the shadows flee away.”

Your loving brother,

C. H. SPURGEON.