Food for thought     11th March 09


“Marvellous lovingkindness.”

- Psa_17:7

When we give our hearts with our alms, we give well, but we must often plead to a failure in this respect. Not so our Master and our Lord. His favours are always performed with the love of his heart. He does not send to us the cold meat and the broken pieces from the table of his luxury, but he dips our morsel in his own dish, and seasons our provisions with the spices of his fragrant affections. When he puts the golden tokens of his grace into our palms, he accompanies the gift with such a warm pressure of our hand, that the manner of his giving is as precious as the boon itself. He will come into our houses upon his errands of kindness, and he will not act as some austere visitors do in the poor man’s cottage, but he sits by our side, not despising our poverty, nor blaming our weakness. Beloved, with what smiles does he speak! What golden sentences drop from his gracious lips! What embraces of affection does he bestow upon us! If he had but given us farthings, the way of his giving would have gilded them; but as it is, the costly alms are set in a golden basket by his pleasant carriage. It is impossible to doubt the sincerity of his charity, for there is a bleeding heart stamped upon the face of all his benefactions. He giveth liberally and upbraideth not. Not one hint that we are burdensome to him; not one cold look for his poor pensioners; but he rejoices in his mercy, and presses us to his bosom while he is pouring out his life for us. There is a fragrance in his spikenard which nothing but his heart could produce; there is a sweetness in his honey-comb which could not be in it unless the very essence of his soul’s affection had been mingled with it. Oh! the rare communion which such singular heartiness effecteth! May we continually taste and know the blessedness of it!


The Lord is saying..... Do not be afraid for I know all things and I understand all things. Yet you have a limited view and haven't got the full picture yet. So wait upon me for I will reveal all that you need to know to make your decisions and to know the next step to take. Wait, I say until you see the fuller picture.

Love - The greatest gift of all - Part 2


1 Corinthians 13:3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

We saw yesterday that without love our efforts our futile. Just Imagine that you could give all of your earthly goods to the poor or even give your life up and it could all be in vain.   (it brings to mind the suicide bombers).

I have known many people who knew how to listen to the Lord in a wonderful way.. One particular man was marvellous when I desperately needed a word from God. He would just tell me exactly what the Lord was saying, and it would be absolutely spot on.. Yet his life ended up in ruins because in one area of his life he constantly heard wrongly. Until recently, I could not understand how sometimes it can go so badly pear-shaped, when someone seems so sincere to hear and follow God. The Lord gave me my answer.... LOVE...

Proverbs 4 23 ....Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.

We need to check our hearts... Are we concerned about the other person? Are we seeking to glorify God? Are we really looking to see what is best for the building up of the Kingdom of God. Or are we looking to make sure we look good in the eyes of others, feather our nest or further our own purposes? Will it cause embarassment, captivity, pain in another if we act on what we think the Lord is saying?  

We have a safeguard against being deceived.  If what we are hearing is not LOVE.... it isn't God.