Those who think they are wise are as good as dead, those who think they possess understanding.
Isa 5:21 NET
Shall I ask the brave soldier who fights at my side,
In the cause of mankind, if our creeds agree?
Shall I give up the friend I have valued and tried,
If he kneel not before the same altar as me?
I met a little Elf-man once,
Down where the lilies blow.
I asked him why he was so small
And why he didn’t grow.
He slightly frowned, and with his eye
He looked me through and through.
“I’m quite as big for me,” said he
“As you are big for you.”
John Kendrick Bangs
Grant that I may not barter love with formalities, nor sacrifice love for customs. But, may I have a fellowship that is true and sincere, and that may be counted on, though all and for all.
Draw me after you; let us hurry!
Song 1:4 NET
“I have loved you with an everlasting love. That is why I have continued to be faithful to you.”—I led them with leather cords, with leather ropes; I lifted the yoke from their neck, and gently fed them.—“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”—“Look, the Lamb of God!”—“Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”
Whom do I have in heaven but you? I desire no one but you on earth.—We love because he loved us first.
My lover spoke to me, saying: “Arise, my darling; My beautiful one, come away with me! Look! The winter has passed, the winter rains are over and gone. The pomegranates have appeared in the land, the time for pruning and singing has come; the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree has budded, the vines have blossomed and give off their fragrance. Arise, come away my darling; my beautiful one, come away with me!”
Jer 31:3, Hos 11:4, John 12:32, John 1:36, John 3:14-15, Ps 73:25, 1 John 4:19, Song 2:10-13
Spurge of Madagascar
Jerusalem thorns grow deep
Messengers over River Jordan stand
Where hillside’s scriptures of lily weep
Messiah born to silent Bethlehem
The truest vines of wisdom grow
Gathering by the sacred mount Zion
Good Sheppard’s words always sow
Elevating into our spiritual atonement’s
Reparations and burdens are bared
Standing upon the walls of forgiveness
Jerusalem’s thorns are forever spared…
~ Victoria McColley ~
“We would see Jesus.”
Evermore the worldling’s cry is, “Who will show us any good?” He seeks satisfaction in earthly comforts, enjoyments, and riches. But the quickened sinner knows of only one good. “O that I knew where I might find HIM!” When he is truly awakened to feel his guilt, if you could pour the gold of India at his feet, he would say, “Take it away: I want to find HIM.” It is a blessed thing for a man, when he has brought his desires into a focus, so that they all centre in one object. When he has fifty different desires, his heart resembles a mere of stagnant water, spread out into a marsh, breeding miasma and pestilence; but when all his desires are brought into one channel, his heart becomes like a river of pure water, running swiftly to fertilize the fields. Happy is he who hath one desire, if that one desire be set on Christ, though it may not yet have been realized. If Jesus be a soul’s desire, it is a blessed sign of divine work within. Such a man will never be content with mere ordinances. He will say, “I want Christ; I must have him-mere ordinances are of no use to me; I want himself; do not offer me these; you offer me the empty pitcher, while I am dying of thirst; give me water, or I die. Jesus is my soul’s desire. I would see Jesus!”
Is this thy condition, my reader, at this moment? Hast thou but one desire, and is that after Christ? Then thou art not far from the kingdom of heaven. Hast thou but one wish in thy heart, and that one wish that thou mayst be washed from all thy sins in Jesus’ blood? Canst thou really say, “I would give all I have to be a Christian; I would give up everything I have and hope for, if I might but feel that I have an interest in Christ?” Then, despite all thy fears, be of good cheer, the Lord loveth thee, and thou shalt come out into daylight soon, and rejoice in the liberty wherewith Christ makes men free.
~ Charles Spurgeon ~