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Friday, February 8, 2013

Tender Mercies

"Let all the world know that the Lord Christ is full of pity*, and of tender mercy.  He will not break the bruised reed, nor quench the smoking flax.  As a father pities his children, so He pities them that fear Him.  As one whom his mother comforts, so will He comfort His people (James 5:11; Matt. 12:20; Psalm 103:13; Isa. 66:13).  He cares for the lambs of His flock as well as for the old sheep.  He cares for the sick and feeble ones of His fold as well as for the strong.  It is written that He will carry them in His bosom, rather than let one of them be lost (Isa.40:11). He cares for the least members of His body, as well as for the greatest.  He cares for the babes of His family as well as the grown-up men.  He cares for the tenderest little plants in His garden as well as for the cedar of Lebanon.  All are in His book of life, and all are under His charge.  All are given to Him in an everlasting covenant, and He has undertaken, in spite of all weaknesses, to bring everyone safe home.  Only let a sinner lay hold on Christ by faith and then, however feeble, Christ's word is pledged to him, 'I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.'  He may correct him occasionally in love.  He may gently reprove him at times.  But He will never, never give him up.  The devil shall never pluck him from Christ's hand."

                                      ~ J. C. Ryle

Behold, we count them happy which endure.  Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
James 5:11
*Pity - Compassion

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