Thursday, June 25, 2009

The breadth of His love

Do you not think, however, that we most of us fail to see the breadth of Christ’s love in matters of providence? You know what is meant by the breadth of a man’s mind, the breadth of his thought, when he can consider a great many subjects at once, when he has the ability to accomplish many designs and many purposes with one stroke. Now, the breadth of the Savior’s love is just this: there is no part of his people’s interests, which he does not consider, and there is nothing, which concerns their welfare which is not important to him.

Not merely does he think of you, believer, as an immortal being, but as a mortal being too. Do not deny it or doubt it; the very hairs of your head are all numbered. There is nothing that concerns his beloved that is unimportant to our Lord. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and he delighteth in his way.” It were a sad thing for us if this river of love did not cover all our concerns, for what mischief might be wrought for us in that part of our business which did not come under our gracious Lord’s inspection! Oh! believer, rest assured that the heart of Jesus concerns itself about, your meaner affairs; your buying and selling he cares for, your counter and counting-house, your ships and your carts and your horses, and your barley, and your wheat, and your hay, and your straw; your children, your little ones, and everything which concerns you concerns him also. The breadth of his tender love is such that you may go to him in all matters; for in all your afflictions he is afflicted, and like as a father pitieth his children, so doth he pity you.

From a sermon entitled "Heavenly Geometry," delivered August 19, 1866. Image by Dawn Endico under Creative Commons License.

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