Saturday, March 19, 2011
Spurgeon on Loving the Lost
Charles Haddon Spurgeon on love for the lost:
To be laughed at is no great hardship for me. I can delight in scoffs and jeers. . . .
But that you should turn from your own mercy, this is my sorrow.
Spit on me, but oh repent!
Laugh at me, but, oh, believe in my Master!
Make my body as the dirt in the streets, but do not damn your own souls.
He also passionately exhorts the church:
If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies.
And if they perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay.
If hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one person go there unwarned and unprayed for.
Further, he instructs:
The Holy Spirit will move them by first moving you.
If you can rest without their being saved, they will rest, too.
But if you are filled with an agony for them, if you cannot bear that they are lost, you will soon find that they are uneasy, too.
HT: Justin Taylor