IF I become entangled in any "inordinate affection"; IF things or places or people hold me back from obedience to my Lord, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
IF there be any reserve in my giving to Him who so loved that He gave His Dearest for me; IF there be a secret "but" in my prayer, "Anything but that, Lord," then I know nothing of Calvary love.
IF souls can suffer alongside, and I hardly know it, because the spirit of discernment is not in me, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
IF interruptions annoy me, and private cares make me impatient; IF I shadow the souls about me because I myself am shadowed, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
IF I am inconsiderate about the comfort of others, or their feelings, or even of their little weaknesses; IF I am careless about their little hurts and miss opportunities to smooth their way; IF I make the sweet running of household wheels more difficult to accomplish, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
IF monotony tries me, and I cannot stand drudgery; IF stupid people fret me and little ruffles set me on edge; IF I make much of the trifles of life, then I know nothing of Calvary's love.
IF by doing some work which the undiscerning consider "not spiritual work" I can best help others, and I inwardly rebel, thinking it is the spiritual for which I crave, when in truth it is the interesting and exciting, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
IF the care of a soul (or a community) be entrusted to me, and I consent to subject it to weakening influences, because the voice of the world--my immediate Christian world--fills my ears, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
IF one whose help I greatly need appears to be as content to build in wood, hay, stubble, as in gold, silver, precious stones, and I hesitate to obey my light and do without that help because so few will understand, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
IF I say, "Yes, I forgive, but I cannot forget," as though the God, who twice a day washes all the sands on all the shores of all the world, could not wash such memories from my mind, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
Don't forget the "Challenge"
Remember the Pastor's Challenge for 2018. Pray for at least 18 people to come to Christ this year!