IF I sympathize weakly with weakness, and say to one who is running back from the cross, "Pity thyself"; IF I refuse such a one the sympathy that braces and the brave and heartening word of comradeship, then I know nothing of Calvary's love.
IF I have not the patience of my Savior with souls who grow slowly; IF I know little of travail (a sharp and painful thing) till Christ be fully formed in them, then I know nothing of Calvary's love.
IF I cast up a confessed, repented, and forsaken sin against another, and allow my remembrance of that sin to color my thinking and feed my suspicions, then I know nothing of Calvary's love.
IF I do not look with eyes of hope on all in whom there is even a faint beginning, as our Lord did, when, just after His disciples had wrangled about which of them should be accounted the greatest, He softened His rebuke with those heart-melting words, "Ye are they which have continued with Me in My temptations," then I know nothing of Calvary's love.
An exert from Amy Carmichael's book, IF. This is a deep devotional book from the hand and heart of a dear Christian servant who gave her life to reach out to the "forsaken and abused" children of the world. I leave no comment of my own. Let your heart "hear" the message of Amy's soul and ask the Holy Spirit to apply it's message to your own. - Pastor Eckardt
The current blog entries feature IF quotes from Amy Carmichael, who was a Protestant Christian missionary that served in India for 55 years without furlough and wrote many books about the missionary work there.