More convicting thoughts from If by Amy Carmichael:

If I cannot bear to be like the father who did not soften the rigors of the far country; if, in this sense, I refuse to allow the law of God (the way of the transgressors is hard) to take effect, because of the distress it causes me to see that law in operation, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

If I am perturbed by the reproach and misunderstanding that may follow action taken for the good of souls for whom I must give account; if I cannot commit the matter and go on in peace and in silence, remembering Gethsemane and the cross, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

Wow…as a pastor’s wife, I have seen my husband have to “take action for the good of souls” and the results have not always been pleasant. Slanderous statements have been hurled our way, lies have been perpetuated, and the “cold shoulder” has been given more than once following such “action”. I admit it, it has perturbed me in the past, and it may again. I now see, however, that such results are to be expected. Did not Christ suffer when taking action for my good? Wasn’t the precious Son of God spat upon, beaten, and crucified for the good of my soul? I can, or rather, should be willing to suffer the mild persecution that I have for His cause. Emphasis on mild! Nothing I have endured or will endure could come close to being like my Savior’s sufferings.

I continue to marvel at how this book, so small in size, can carry such weighty and convicting statements. It continually brings me to my knees!


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