Wednesday Words #8

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I was just going to quote from Amy Carmichael today, but I found a whole sermon/speech by her that was really convicting to me, so I decided to quote the whole thing. It is well worth the read, so please take a few minutes to read it.

Calvary Love by Amy Carmichael

“If I belittle those whom I am called to serve, talk of their weak points in contrast perhaps with what I think of as my strong points; if I adopt a superior attitude, forgetting “Who made thee to differ? And what hast thou that thou hast not received?” then I know nothing of Calvary love.

“If I find myself taking lapses for granted, “Oh, that’s what they always do,” “Oh, of course she talks like that, he acts like that,” then I know nothing of Calvary love.

“If I can enjoy a joke at the expense of another; if I can in any way slight another in conversation, or even in thought, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

“If I can write an unkind letter, speak an unkind word, think an unkind thought without grief and shame, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

“If I do not feel far more for the grieved Savior than for my worried self when troublesome things occur, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

“If I can rebuke without a pang, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

“If my attitude be one of fear, not faith, about one who has disappointed me; if I say, “Just what I expected” if a fall occurs, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

“If I am afraid to speak the truth, lest I lose affection, or lest the one concerned should say, “You do not understand,” or because I fear to lose my reputation for kindness; if I put my own good name before the other’s highest good, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

“If I am content to heal a hurt slightly, saying “Peace, peace,” where there is no peace; if I forget the poignant word “Let love be without dissimulation” and blunt the edge of truth, speaking not right things but smooth things, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

“If I hold on to choices of any kind, just because they are my choice, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

“If I am soft to myself and slide comfortably into self-pity and self-sympathy; If I do not by the grace of God practice fortitude, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

“If I myself dominate myself, if my thoughts revolve round myself, if I am so occupied with myself I rarely have “a heart at leisure from itself,” 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 keep that door shut, 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 I take offense easily, if I am content to continue in a cool unfriendliness, though friendship be possible, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

“If I feel injured when another lays to my charge things that I know not, forgetting that my sinless Savior trod this path to the end, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

“If I feel bitter toward those who condemn me, as it seems to me, unjustly, forgetting that if they knew me as I know myself they would condemn me much more, 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 the praise of others elates me and their blame depresses me; if I cannot rest under misunderstanding without defending myself; if I love to be loved more than to love, to be served more than to serve, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

“If I crave hungrily to be used to show the way of liberty to a soul in bondage, instead of caring only that it be delivered; if I nurse my disappointment when I fail, instead of asking that to another the word of release may be given, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

“If I do not forget about such a trifle as personal success, so that it never crosses my mind, or if it does, is never given room there; if the cup of flattery tastes sweet to me, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

“If in the fellowship of service I seek to attach a friend to myself, so that others are caused to feel unwanted; if my friendships do not draw others deeper in, but are ungenerous (to myself, for myself), then I know nothing of Calvary love.

“If I refuse to allow one who is dear to me to suffer for the sake of Christ, if I do not see such suffering as the greatest honor that can be offered to any follower of the Crucified, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

“If I slip into the place that can be filled by Christ alone, making myself the first necessity to a soul instead of leading it to fasten upon Him, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

“If my interest in the work of others is cool; if I think in terms of my own special work; if the burdens of others are not my burdens too, and their joys mine, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

“If I wonder why something trying is allowed, and press for prayer that it may be removed; if I cannot be trusted with any disappointment, and cannot go on in peace under any mystery, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

“If the ultimate, the hardest, cannot be asked of me; if my fellows hesitate to ask it and turn to someone else, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

“If I covet any place on earth but the dust at the foot of the Cross, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

“That which I know not, teach Thou me, O Lord, my God.”

(Source: http://www.sermonindex.net/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=7903&forum=35&0)

I’m going to print this out and study through it sometime. There’s a lot here to be learned.

What are your thoughts on this? I’d love to hear from you!

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4 thoughts on “Wednesday Words #8

  1. Hey Megan.
    That speech is challenging for sure….There are a few things that stood out for me. One of those things was,

    “If I slip into the
    place that can be
    filled by Christ
    alone, making
    myself the first
    necessity to a soul
    instead of leading
    it to fasten upon
    Him, then I know
    nothing of Calvary
    love.

    Christ needs to fill the empty space of any person and by putting myself in that place I make myself God! That was really challenging for me.

    The last two things are,

    “If I wonder why
    something trying
    is allowed, and
    press for prayer
    that it may be
    removed; if I
    cannot be trusted
    with any
    disappointment,
    and cannot go on
    in peace under any
    mystery, then I
    know nothing of
    Calvary love.

    “If the ultimate,
    the hardest, cannot
    be asked of me; if
    my fellows hesitate
    to ask it and turn
    to someone else,
    then I know
    nothing of Calvary
    love.

    Some really tough challenges I must say. I want to be that person my friends know can come to no matter how tough their situation is because they know I won’t run.
    There are situations that will be difficult to understand. There will be disappointments but will I endure, will I hold on??

    Thanks for sharing….So thought provoking!

    What stood out to you??

    Rolain.

    • Yes! Exactly! Thank you so much for sharing! You should write a post about it on YOUR blog! You have some great thoughts.

      The whole thing was so convicting to me. I’m not sure if any one part stuck out more than the others, but I plan to do a deeper study of this and I may do some blog posts about it. :) Stay tuned!

      Thanks again, Rolain!
      Megan

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