by Paul Tautges | October 27, 2015 8:35 am
One of the unexpected blessings of being called to a new ministry and moving from Wisconsin to Ohio has been the process of unpacking and reorganizing my library. In doing so, I’ve found a couple boxes of books that I’ve read in the past few years, but have not had time to process (I do so by filing quotes, digitally, and blogging on highlighted portions that spoke to my heart). This morning, my eyes caught sight of Richard Sibbes’ The Bruised Reed, which contained a neon-colored post-it note with “Blog” written on it. Therefore, this week, I plan to post some thoughts from this Puritan’s small work on the tenderness of Christ toward the weak. Indeed, He is the Savior who does not break those who are already bruised.
Today’s comes from the fifth chapter, “The Spirit of Mercy Should Move Us.” In this chapter, the author mainly addresses preachers and their need to deal with new believers with great patience and tenderness. However, at the close of the chapter is a small portion addressed to all believers in which we are called to show great grace and mercy toward those who are weaker. Here’s the counsel Sibbes gives to us.
“[T]here is something for private Christians [as opposed to public preachers], even for all of us in our common relations, to take notice of: we are debtors to the weak in many things.
“A holy aim in things neither clearly right nor wrong makes the judgments of men, although seemingly contrary, yet not so much blameable. Christ, for the good aims he sees in us, overlooks any ill in them, so far as not to lay it to our charge. Men must not be too curious in prying into the weaknesses of others. We should labour rather to see what they have that is for eternity, to incline our heart to love them…”
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