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|NASB||Proverbs 8:36 "But he who sins against me injures himself;
All those who hate me love death."
|Proverbs 8:36 "But he who fails to find me or sins against me injures himself;
All those who hate me love and court death."
|Subject: For Thy Name's Sake|
Bible Note: "How ought they who are mocked react towards those that mock at them? Well, the first thing is, never yield an inch. You young men in the great firms of London, you working men that work in the factories -- you are sneered at. Let them sneer. If they can sneer you out of your religion, you have not got any worth having. Remember you can be laughed into hell, but you can never be laughed out of it. A man may by ridicule give up what religion he thought he had, but if he cast away his soul, his companions who caused his loss cannot help him in the day of his travail, and anguish, and bitterness, before the throne of the Most High. Why be ashamed? 'They called me a saint.' I remember once a person calling me a saint in the street. All I thought was, 'I wish he could prove it.' Once a man, passing me in the street, said, 'There is John Bunyan.' I think I felt six inches taller at the least. I was delighted to be called by such a name as that. 'Oh! but they will point at you.' Cannot you bear to be pointed at? 'But they will chaff you.' Chaff -- let them chaff you. Can that hurt a man that is a man? If you are a molluscan creature that has no backbone, you may be afraid of jokes, and jeers, and jests; but if God has made you upright, stand upright and be a man. Moreover, there is one thing you should always do when you are ashamed -- pray. 'Oh! that God would turn the captivity of Zion.' The best refuge for a believer in times of persecution is his secret resort to God. Let him to on his knees and say, 'My Lord, I have been counted worthy to be spoken ill of for Thy name's sake. Help me to bear it. Now is my time of trial. Strengthen me to bear this reproach. Grant that it may be no heavy burden to me, but may I rather rejoice in it for Thy Name's sake.' God will help you, beloved. Then next to that, pray always, most for those who treat you worst. Make them the constant subjects of your prayer." --Charles H. Spurgeon
From his sermon, "Are you Mocked?" 09/17/1871
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