Constrained by Love-Charles Spurgeon

Rom 3:31 Do we then nullify the law through faith? Absolutely not! Instead we uphold the law.


When the believer is adopted into the Lord’s family, his relationship to old Adam and the law ceases at once; but then he is under a new rule, and a new covenant. Believer, you are God’s child; it is your first duty to obey your heavenly Father. A servile spirit you have nothing to do with: you are not a slave, but a child; and now, inasmuch as you are a beloved child, you are bound to obey your Father’s faintest wish, the least intimation of his will. Does he bid you fulfil a sacred ordinance? It is at your peril that you neglect it, for you will be disobeying your Father. Does he command you to seek the image of Jesus? Is it not your joy to do so? Does Jesus tell you, “Be ye perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect”? Then not because the law commands, but because your Saviour enjoins, you will labour to be perfect in holiness. Does he bid his saints love one another? Do it, not because the law says, “Love thy neighbour,” but because Jesus says, “If ye love me, keep my commandments;” and this is the commandment that he has given unto you, “that ye love one another.” Are you told to distribute to the poor? Do it, not because charity is a burden which you dare not shirk, but because Jesus teaches, “Give to him that asketh of thee.” Does the Word say, “Love God with all your heart”? Look at the commandment and reply, “Ah! commandment, Christ hath fulfilled thee already—I have no need, therefore, to fulfil thee for my salvation, but I rejoice to yield obedience to thee because God is my Father now and he has a claim upon me, which I would not dispute.” May the Holy Ghost make your heart obedient to the constraining power of Christ’s love, that your prayer may be, “Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight.” Grace is the mother and nurse of holiness, and not the apologist of sin
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“AMEN”

Remember His Past Kindness and Help and be encouraged-Charles Spurgeon

“Isaiah 63:7: ​​​​​​​I will tell of the faithful acts of the LORD, ​​​​​​of the LORD’s praiseworthy deeds. ​​​​​​I will tell about all the LORD did for us, ​​​​​​the many good things he did for the family of Israel, ​​​​​​because of His compassion and great faithfulness.“I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the Lord, and the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord hath bestowed on us.”

And canst thou not do this? Are there no mercies which thou hast experienced? What though thou art gloomy now, canst thou forget that blessed hour when Jesus met thee, and said, “Come unto me”? Canst thou not remember that rapturous moment when he snapped thy fetters, dashed thy chains to the earth, and said, “I came to break thy bonds and set thee free”? Or if the love of thine espousals be forgotten, there must surely be some precious milestone along the road of life not quite grown over with moss, on which thou canst read a happy memorial of his mercy towards thee? What, didst thou never have a sickness like that which thou art suffering now, and did he not restore thee? Wert thou never poor before, and did he not supply thy wants? Wast thou never in straits before, and did he not deliver thee? Arise, go to the river of thine experience, and pull up a few bulrushes, and plait them into an ark, wherein thine infant- faith may float safely on the stream. Forget not what thy God has done for thee; turn over the book of thy remembrance, and consider the days of old. Canst thou not remember the hill Mizar? Did the Lord never meet with thee at Hermon? Hast thou never climbed the Delectable Mountains? Hast thou never been helped in time of need? Nay, I know thou hast. Go back, then, a little way to the choice mercies of yesterday, and though all may be dark now, light up the lamps of the past, they shall glitter through the darkness, and thou shalt trust in the Lord till the day break and the shadows flee away. “Remember, O Lord, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses, for they have been ever of old.”

Note: I also pray that God will help me bring into remembrance His past kindness and answered prayers when I am going through a difficult situation where I need Him or any emotional difficulty and fear that He will not answer me/help me.  “His Love in times past forbids me to think that He will leave me in trouble at last to sink.”

Jesus Responds Quickly-Message from Charles Spurgeon

“Beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.”
Matthew 14:30

Sinking times are praying times with the Lord’s servants. Peter neglected prayer at starting upon his venturous journey, but when he began to sink his danger made him a suppliant, and his cry though late was not too late. In our hours of bodily pain and mental anguish, we find ourselves as naturally driven to prayer as the wreck is driven upon the shore by the waves. The fox hies to its hole for protection; the bird flies to the wood for shelter; and even so the tried believer hastens to the mercy seat for safety. Heaven’s great harbour of refuge is All-prayer; thousands of weather-beaten vessels have found a haven there, and the moment a storm comes on, it is wise for us to make for it with all sail.

Short prayers are long enough. There were but three words in the petition which Peter gasped out, but they were sufficient for his purpose. Not length but strength is desirable. A sense of need is a mighty teacher of brevity. If our prayers had less of the tail feathers of pride and more wing they would be all the better. Verbiage is to devotion as chaff to the wheat. Precious things lie in small compass, and all that is real prayer in many a long address might have been uttered in a petition as short as that of Peter.

Our extremities are the Lord’s opportunities. Immediately a keen sense of danger forces an anxious cry from us the ear of Jesus hears, and with him ear and heart go together, and the hand does not long linger. At the last moment we appeal to our Master, but his swift hand makes up for our delays by instant and effectual action. Are we nearly engulfed by the boisterous waters of affliction? Let us then lift up our souls unto our Saviour, and we may rest assured that he will not suffer us to perish. When we can do nothing Jesus can do all things; let us enlist his powerful aid upon our side, and all will be well.

Turning Personal Loss into Public Gain

I have witnessed it over and over: people’s greatest ministry is often built on the platform of their greatest brokenness. They are living examples of what Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 1: 3-4: “… the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” It’s vital that we not waste our pain but recycle and redeem it.

Presson, Ramon (2011-03-01). When Will My Life Not Suck?: Authentic Hope for the Disillusioned (p. 65). New Growth Press. Kindle Edition.

God has shown His Goodness to me. He has shown me that all things happen for my very best and I must set the example of Christ in all situations in my life. Even when things go wrong and I have trouble, He tells me to be patient and trust Him. He will settle things. I have undergone financial loss, sickness, humiliation at the workspot and difficulties at home and many other things. But He has not let me down, He has provided for me and my family and taken care of me. This is the circumstances He allows in my life so that I may gain a share of Christ’s Glory. I learn to trust Him, be kind, patient, not lust, not desire, not covet, be faithful. I think in a certain way: a righteous man is one who will not cheat, but a faithful one is one who loves and helps even in difficult situations. I see how much I love my neighbour and how God wants me to love them. I see the price He paid for me on the cross and in His Life on earth and the attitude He tells me to have. I have experienced the Holy Spirit’s leading.

Come to this life. Jesus has died on the cross for all the sins you have ever committed and wants to forgive you and make you a child of God so you can be with Him for all eternity. He died on the cross and rose again on the third day, never to die again. Jesus came to give life-an abundant life (read the Bible: John chapter 10 & verse 10).

If you have not received Jesus into your life, you can kneel and pray this simple prayer:

Lord Jesus thank you for your love for me and dying for my sins on the cross. By your blood, I can be cleansed from my sins and start a new life. Please forgive my sins and come into my life as Saviour and Lord. Thank you for forgiving me and accepting me. Lead me into the new way of life where I put away the old bad way of life and start a new divine life. Amen.

Read the Bible. It is God’s love letter to you (I mean it, we see God’s Kindness to those who follow Him and His wrath towards sin and sinners who do not repent). Start with the Gospel of Mark and then read Romans. Then complete the rest of the New Testament and then the Old Testament. May the Lord bless you.

Seth Bhagwandas