Morning, December 20, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“I have loved you with an everlasting love.”— Jeremiah 31:3
Sometimes the Lord Jesus tells his Church his thoughts of love.
“He does not think it enough behind her back to tell it, but in her very presence he says, Thou art all fair, my love.’ It is true, this is not his ordinary method; he is a wise lover, and knows when to keep back the intimation of love and when to let it out; but there are times when he will make no secret of it; times when he will put it beyond all dispute in the souls of his people” (Ralph Erskine).
The Holy Spirit is often pleased, in a most gracious manner, to witness with our spirits of the love of Jesus. He takes of the things of Christ and reveals them to us. No voice is heard from the clouds, and no vision is seen in the night, but we have a testimony surer than either of these. If an angel should fly from heaven and inform the believer personally of the Savior’s love to him, the evidence would not be one bit more satisfactory than that which is borne in the heart by the Holy Spirit. Ask the Lord’s people who have lived the nearest to the gates of heaven, and they will tell you that they have had seasons when the love of Christ towards them has been a fact so clear and sure, that they could no more doubt it than they could question their own existence. Yes, beloved believer, you and I have had times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord, and then our faith has mounted to the topmost heights of assurance. We have had confidence to lean our heads into the embrace of our Lord, and we have no more questioned our Master’s affection to us than John did when in that same blessed posture; indeed, not even so much: for the dark question, “Lord, is it I that shall betray you?” has been put far from us. He has kissed us with the kisses of his mouth, and killed our doubts by the closeness of his embrace. His love has been sweeter than wine to our souls.