Like the Dove

And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. -Galatians 5:24

The church feels pleasure in thinking that her converts are “like doves on the wing.” Do you never, beloved, get into such a condition, that you are not like a dove on the wing, but like a dove in a secret place, in the cleft of the rock, hiding yourself in darkness, because you are afraid to be seen? For my own part, I am often not like a dove on the wing, but like a dove hiding its head under its wing, afraid to fly. But “He reneweth our strength like the eagle’s.” There is a moulting time for the Lord’s doves; but their feathers grow again, and then they have the wings of the dove, covered with silver, and their feathers with yellow gold; and they can fly upwards towards Jesus. And will not our church rejoice, when her converts appear to be all on the wing, not doubting, fearful converts, not converts that stand timidly, afraid to come; but converts on the wing, flying upwards towards Jesus, prayerful, laborious, active; not sitting still, doing nothing, but labouring and flying upwards towards Jesus. These are the converts we want. And the church is pleased when she can say, “Who are these that are like doves on the wing?”

“Humble, teachable, and mild,
Changed into a little child;
Pleased with all the Lord provides,
Weaned from all the world besides.”

“Set your affections on things above, and not on things on the earth.” Be not like the unclean bird, that will devour all kinds of filth; but be like the dove, that liveth on the “good corn of the kingdom.” And be ye sure that you are like them, loving and kind one to another; and, like them, always mourn when you lose your mate; weep when your Jesus is gone from you, and you lose His delightful presence. Be ye like the dove in all these things. ~ C.H. Spurgeon


5 thoughts on “Like the Dove

  1. And isn’t it marvelous and gracious and unspeakably joyous that Christ Jesus sends us his Spirit to uplift our spirit and soul and body in Christ! “The Most High does not dwell in houses made with hands” Acts 7:48 He lives in our body temple (1 Cor 3:16; 1 Cor 6:19; 2 Cor 13:5)! Moses had to go up the mountain to encounter God; Isaiah pleaded that God would come down; and our Father sent Jesus and ascended Christ Jesus sent Holy Spirit down to live in us!!!!!!! Amazing Grace!

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