IF I do not give a friend "the benefit of the doubt," but put the worst construction instead of the best on what is said or done, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
IF I cannot be at rest under the Unexplained, forgetting the word, "And blessed is he whosoever shall not be offended in Me"; or IF I can allow the least shadow of a misunderstanding, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
IF when I am able to discover something which has baffled others, I forget Him who revealeth the deep and secret things, and knoweth what is in the darkness and showeth it to us; IF I forget that it was He who granted that ray of light to His most unworthy servant then I know nothing of Calvary love.
IF I cannot in honest happiness take the second place (or the twentieth); IF I cannot take the first without making a fuss about my unworthiness, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
IF the moment I am conscious of the shadow of self crossing my threshold, I do not shut the door, and in the power of Him who works in us to will and to do, keep the door shut, then I know nothing of Calvary 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.