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Monday, June 25, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "Receiving One's Self In The Fires Of Sorrow"


June 25, 2012


What shall I say? Father, save me, from this hour? But
for this cause came I unto this hour. Father, glorify
Thy name.

John 12:27-29

My attitude as a saint to sorrow and difficulty is not to ask that
they may be prevented, but to ask that I may preserve the self God
created me to be through every fire of sorrow. Our Lord received
Himself in the fire of sorrow, He was saved not from the hour, but
out of the hour.

We say that there ought to be no sorrow, but there is sorrow, and we
have to receive ourselves in its fires. If we try and evade sorrow,
refuse to lay our account with it, we are foolish. Sorrow is one of
the biggest facts in life; it is no use saying sorrow ought not to
be. Sin and sorrow and suffering are, and it is not for us to say
that God has made a mistake in allowing them.

Sorrow burns up a great amount of shallowness, but it does not always
make a man better. Suffering either gives me my self or it destroys
my self. You cannot receive your self in success, you lose your head;
you cannot receive your self in monotony, you grouse. The way to find
yourself is in the fires of sorrow. Why it should be so is another
matter, but that it is so is true in the Scriptures and in human
experience. You always know the man who has been through the fires of
sorrow and received himself, you are certain you can go to him in
trouble and find that he has ample leisure for you. If a man has not
been through the fires of sorrow, he is apt to be contemptuous, he
has no time for you. If you receive yourself in the fires of sorrow,
God will make you nourishment for other people.

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