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Love's Tender Touch
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4.
The blessed Savior stands by many whose eyes are so blinded by tears that they do not discern Him. He longs to clasp our hands, to have us look to Him in simple faith, permitting Him to guide us. His heart is open to our griefs, our sorrows, and our trials. He has loved us with an everlasting love and with loving kindness compassed us about.
Whatever our perplexities, we have a sure Counselor: whatever our sorrow, bereavement, or loneliness, we have a sympathizing Friend.
The comforts of the Scriptures are very great. I see Jesus saying to you, "Lean on Me, lean bard. I will bear you up. My arm shall never fail you. It shall be strong to support you over all the rough and difficult places. Only make Me your trust."
I am the resurrection and the life. John 11:25
If we will let the comfort and peace of Jesus into our lives, we shall be kept close to His great heart of love.
Remember that you have a Father in heaven who gave His only Son to die for us that death might not be an eternal sleep. Remember that the Lord of life and glory passed through the tomb kind brightened it with His own presence.
O death, where is they sting? 0 grave, where is thy victory? 1 Corinthians 15:55.
Be of good comfort in the hope of the resurrection morning. The waters of which you have been drinking are bitter, but Jesus can make them so sweet with His love.
I am He that liveth, and I was dead; and, behold l am alive forever more,.. and have the keys of hell and death. Revelation 1:18.
The life-giver will call up His purchased possession in the first resurrection, and until that triumphant hour. every sleeping saint will be kept in safety and will be guarded as a precious jewel who is known to God by name.
The Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17.
Hope bears our spirits up. We are not parted forever, but shall meet the loved ones who sleep in Jesus. They shall come again from the land of the enemy. The Life-giver is coming.
Myriads of holy angels escort Him on His way. He bursts the bands of death, breaks the fetters of the tomb, the precious captives come forth in health and immortal beauty. As the little infants come forth from their dusts beds, they immediately wing their way to their mothers' arms. They meet nevermore to part.
The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord hath anointed me to . . . give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Isaiah 61:1-3.
God would not have us to remain pressed down by dumb sorrow, with sore and breaking hearts. He would have us look up and behold His dear face of love. God has provided a balm for every wound. There is a balm in Gilead, there is a physician there. Study the Scriptures. The Holy Spirit will give you clear discernment that you may see and appropriate every blessing that will act as an antidote to grief, as a branch of healing to every draught of bitterness that is placed to your lips.
However dark and mysterious may be the ways of Providence, though the path may be through the deep waters, and trials and bereavements may afflict again and again, the assurance still comes,
"All things work together for good to them that love God." Romans 8.28. "I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed to him against that day." 2 Timothy 1:12.
"A bed of pain is a precious place when we have the presence of Jesus." —A 16 year old boy just before his death.
Those who have borne the greatest sorrows are frequently the ones who carry the greatest comfort to others, bringing sunshine wherever they go.
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