Saturday, November 13, 2021

Simeon: a double blessing

Saturday, November 13, 2021
    Feast of Charles Simeon, Pastor, Teacher, 1836
    And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
    —2 Timothy 2:24-26 (KJV)
    In this state of things I saw no remedy but faith and patience. The passage of Scripture which subdued and controlled my mind was this, “The servant of the Lord must not strive.” It was painful indeed to see the church, with the exception of the aisles, almost forsaken; but I thought that if God would only give a double blessing to the congregation that did attend, there would on the whole be as much good done, as if the congregation were doubled and the blessing limited to only half the amount. This comforted me many, many times, when, without such a reflection, I should have sunk under my burden.
    ... Charles Simeon (1759-1836), Memoirs of the Life of the Rev. Charles Simeon, Pittsburgh: R. Carter, 1847, p. 26 (see the book)
    See also 2 Tim. 2:24-26; Isa. 40:11; 2 Cor. 10:1; Gal. 5:22-23; 1 Thess. 2:6-7; Tit. 1:9; 3:2; 1 Pet. 3:8
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I leave the concern of numbers in Your hands.
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