With Courage Have Love

Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world. -1 John 4:17

There have been some who have been noble men, but have carried their courage to excess; they have thus been caricatures of Christ, and not portraits of Him. We must amalgamate with our boldness the loveliness of Jesus’ disposition. Let courage be the brass, let love be the gold. Let us mix the two together; so shall we produce a rich Corinthian metal, fit to be manufactured into the beautiful gate of the temple. Let your love and courage be mingled together. The man who is bold may indeed accomplish wonders. John Knox did much, but he might perhaps have done more if he had had a little love. Luther was a conqueror still, we who look upon him at a distance, think that if he had sometimes mixed a little mildness with it-if, while he had the fortitier in re, he had been also suaviter in modo, and spoken somewhat more gently, he might have done even more good than he did. So brethren, while we too are bold, let us ever imitate the loving Jesus. The child comes to Him; He takes it on His knee, saying, “Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not.” A widow has just lost her only son; He weeps at the bier, and with a word, restores life to the dead man. He sees a paralytic, a leper, or a man long confined to his bed; He speaks, they rise, and are healed. He lived for others, not for Himself. His constant labors were without any motive, except the good of those who lived in the world. And to crown all, ye know the mighty sacrifice He made, when He condescended to lay down His life for man-when on the tree, quivering with agony, and hanging in the utmost extremity of suffering, He submitted to die for our sakes, that we might be saved. Behold in Christ love consolidated! He was one mighty pillar of benevolence. As God is love, so Christ is love. Oh, ye Christians, be ye loving also.~ C.H. Spurgeon



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