Yesterday, Pastor Kevin Williams, who blogs at the Puritan Fellowship posted a quote by Charles Spurgeon on the bride of Christ.
It is soothing salve to any saint with a troubled conscience.
“Christ Jesus has no quarrel with his spouse. She often wanders from him, and grieves his Holy Spirit, but he does not allow her faults to affect his love. He sometimes chides, but it is always in the tenderest manner, with the kindest intentions: it is “my love” even then. There is no remembrance of our follies, he does not cherish ill thoughts of us, but he pardons and loves as well after the offence as before it. It is well for us it is so, for if Jesus were as mindful of injuries as we are, how could he commune with us? Many a time a believer will put himself out of humour with the Lord for some slight turn in providence, but our precious Husband knows our silly hearts too well to take any offence at our ill manners.”
– C. H. Spurgeon
You can read the whole thing here.
Portrait by Robert Bucknell, whose wife Diane, blogs at Theology for Girls. Robert’s oil painting was featured on the jacket cover of Spurgeon’s commentary on Matthew published by Banner of Truth, 2010. Prints available through Bucknell Arts at www.robertbucknell.com.