IF I cannot catch "the sound of noise of rain"* long before the rain falls, and, going to some hilltop of the spirit, as near to my God as I can, have not faith to wait there with my face between my knees, though six times or sixty times I am told "there is nothing," till at last "there arises a little cloud out of the sea," then I know nothing of Calvary's love.
* 1 Kings 18:41, margin
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.
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 transgressors is hard) to take effect, because of the distress if causes me to see that law in operation, then I know nothing of Calvary's love.
IF in dealing with one who does not respond, I weary of the strain, and slip from under the burden then I know nothing of Calvary's love.
IF I deal with wrong for any other reason than that implied in the words "From His right hand went a fiery law for them, Yea, He loved the people"; IF I can rebuke without a pang, then I know nothing of Calvary's love.