Indeed, cont’d.

“Now dear Christians, some of you pray night and day to be branches of the true vine, you pray to be made all over in the image of Christ, if so you must be like him in giving, though he was rich yet for our sakes he became poor.

Objection: my money is my own.
Answer
: well Christ might have said my blood is my own and my life is my own, then where should you have been.

Objection: the poor are undeserving.
Answer
: well Christ might have said, ‘these are wicked rebels, shall I lay down my life for these? Or shall I give to the good angels, the deserving poor?’ But no, he left the 99 and came after the lost; he gave his blood for the undeserving.

Objection: well if I give my charity the poor may abuse it.
Answer
: Christ might have said the same thing, yea with far greater truth, Christ knew that thousands would trample his blood under their feet, that most would despise it, that many would make it an excuse for sinning more and yet he gave his own blood.

My dear Christians if you would be like Christ, give much, give often, give freely to the vile and the poor, the thankless and the undeserving. Christ is glorious and happy and so will you be. It is not your money I want but your happiness, remember his own word: it is more happy, more blessed, to give than to receive.”

Robert Murray McCheyne

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~ by justinhong on July 20, 2010.

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