1. Because that spark originated in heaven—it is from his Spirit.
2. Because he wants it preserved to shine in dark places.
As Christ was tender to the weak in body, wasn’t he even more tender to the weak in spirit? (such as, his tenderness with Peter after he denied him; giving Thomas the proof he asked for; …) So are we to be.
Bear with the weak (Romans 15:1). But don’t leave them there.
The church suffers much from weak ones, therefore we may assert our liberty to deal with them, though mildly, yet oftentimes directly.
The scope of true love is to make the party better, which concealment oftentimes hinders.
Help the weak grow stronger. Like a fragile glass, if handled properly, they will then last a long time and become useful to the church.
Be merciful as you teach truths. Don’t distract or tire others with them. And don’t intellectualize. Religion is not to be “only a matter of cleverness, in tying and untying of knots.”
The brains of men inclining that way are hotter usually than their hearts.
Let mercy move you to edify others. Don’t kill a fly on the forehead with a mallet.
The Holy Ghost is content to dwell in smoky, offensive souls. Oh, that that Spirit would breathe into our spirits the same merciful disposition!
Live to give no offense.
Live to take none.
We endure the bitterness of wormwood, and other distasteful plants and herbs, only because we have some experience of some wholesome quality in them; and why should we reject men of useful parts and graces, only for some harshness of disposition, which, as it is offensive to us, so it grieves themselves?
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