Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A sea of sin—and not a drop of sorrow! ~Thomas Watson

~Thomas Watson~
A sea of sin—and not a drop of sorrow!

One sign of genuine love to God—is grief for sin.
Where there is love to God—there is a grieving for...

our sins of unkindness against Him. A child who loves
his father, cannot but weep for offending him. The
heart which burns in love—melts in tears. "Oh! that I
should abuse the love of so dear a Savior! Shall I give
Him more gall and vinegar to drink? How disloyal and
hypocritical have I been! How have I grieved His Spirit,
trampled upon His royal commands, slighted His blood!"
This opens a vein of godly sorrow, and makes the heart
bleed afresh. "Peter went out, and wept bitterly!" That
Peter should deny Christ after he had received such
amazing love from Him—this broke his heart with grief!
"He went out, and wept bitterly!"
By this, let us test our love to God. Do we shed the tears
of godly sorrow? Do we grieve for our unkindness against
God, our abuse of His mercy, our non-improvement of the
talents which He has given us? How far are they from
loving God—who sin daily, and their hearts never smite
them! They have a sea of sin—and not a drop of
sorrow! They are so far from being troubled, that they
make merry with their sins. "When you engage in your
wickedness, then you rejoice!" (Jer. 11:15). Oh wretch!
Did Christ bleed for sin—and do you laugh at it!

~from Christians on Facebook page

15 And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned." 
Mark 16:15-16

Spiritually Single

Now I want to share something with those of you who are “spiritually single,” meaning you are married, but your spouse does not share your faith, or does not take it nearly as seriously as you do, so you are coming to church alone.
Listen to what Peter asked spiritually single women in the First Century to do:
1 Peter 3:1-6 (NIV)
"Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, 2 when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. 3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. 4 Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 5 For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands, 6 like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her master. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear."
What do they fear? What might those fears tempt them to do?
Well, in this society where she had so few rights, there was a valid fear of angering her husband and losing her marriage, her security, her means of survival, so it would be tempting to give in and mix her husbands’ paganism with Christianity. Otherwise, how could she ever have a happy marriage?
The problem is then her husband would assume that Christ was just another god, and once she has compromised like that, how would she later convince him that Jesus is the son of God and the only path to salvation? To compromise in that way makes Jesus into a liar.
I really feel for a Christian woman in this predicament because it is just as hard for them now. To be true to the Truth is seen by her husband as being untrue to him. Her faith is unfaithfulness to him, and he can’t understand why she insists on going to church on Sunday and leaving him home alone. Yet that is the most loving thing a spiritually single Christian can do for his or her spouse.
1 Corinthians 7:12-16 (NIV)
"12 To the rest I say this (I, not the Lord): If any brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her. 13 And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him.
"14 For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.
"15 But if the unbeliever leaves, let it be so. The brother or the sister is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace. 16 How do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or, how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?"
For Christians with unbelieving husbands, being holy is their best hope for being happy in their marriage.
Keep Christ near your husband for long enough, and eventually you may see Christ in your husband. Who do you want to be married to: a guy who is only happy on his terms, or a guy who admits that being happy only happens when he submits to Christ? Which of those two men do you think you can make happy?
Spiritual singles, stay faithful. It is not the easiest choice, but it is the only right choice, and the best way to truly love your spouse.
-from Scott Franks on 728b Facebook page