Posted by: the watchmen | December 18, 2007

CH Spurgeon____December 18.

December 18-Morning {Daily Reading: #1Pe 3:1-5:14} {Quick Study: #1Pe 1:1-5:14}

“Rend your heart, and not your garments.” {#Joe 2:13}

Garment rendering and other outward signs of religious

emotion, are easily manifested and are frequentlyhypocritical; but to feel true repentance is far more

difficult, and consequently far less common. Men will attend to

the most multiplied and minute ceremonial regulations—for such

things are pleasing to the flesh—but true religion is too

humbling, too heart searching, too thorough for the tastes of

the carnal men; they prefer something more ostentatious, flimsy,

and worldly. Outward observances are temporarilycomfortable; eye and ear are pleased; self-conceit is fed,

and self-righteousness is puffed up: but they are ultimatelydelusive, for in the article of death, and at the day of

judgment, the soul needs something more substantial than

ceremonies and rituals to lean upon. Apart from vital godliness

all religion is utterly vain; offered without a sincere heart,

every form of worship is a solemn sham and an impudent mockery

of the majesty of heaven.

HEART RENDING is divinely wrought and solemnly felt. It

is a secret grief which is personally experienced, not in

mere form, but as a deep, soul moving work of the Holy Spirit

upon the inmost heart of each believer. It is not a matter to be

merely talked of and believed in, but keenly and sensitively

felt in every living child of the living God. It is powerfullyhumiliating, and completely sin purging; but then it is

sweetly preparative for those gracious consolations which

proud unhumbled spirits are unable to receive; and it is

distinctly discriminating, for it belongs to the elect of

God, and to them alone.

The text commands us to rend our hearts, but they are

naturally hard as marble: how, then, can this be done? We must

take them to Calvary: a dying Saviour’s voice rent the rocks

once, and it is as powerful now. O blessed Spirit, let us hear

the death cries of Jesus, and our hearts shall be rent even as

men rend their vestures in the day of lamentation.

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