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The Imitation of Christ

Thomas Hemerken of Kempen, or Thomas À Kempis as he is now known.
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Mar 24
Music on this page is from the Don Francisco site at
This song is by Don Francisco
The Package - Collection VolIII 2004
Song = Bird With Broken Wing

Mar 24

1.10 Avoiding Idle Talk

SHUN the gossip of men as much as possible, for discussion ofworldly affairs, even though sincere, is a great distractioninasmuch as we are quickly ensnared and captivated by vanity.

Many a time I wish that I had held my peace and had notassociated with men. Why, indeed, do we converse and gossip amongourselves when we so seldom part without a troubled conscience?We do so because we seek comfort from one another’sconversation and wish to ease the mind wearied by diversethoughts. Hence, we talk and think quite fondly of things we likevery much or of things we dislike intensely. But, sad to say, weoften talk vainly and to no purpose; for this external pleasureeffectively bars inward and divine consolation.

Therefore we must watch and pray lest time pass idly.

When the right and opportune moment comes for speaking, saysomething that will edify.

Bad habits and indifference to spiritual progress do much toremove the guard from the tongue. Devout conversation onspiritual matters, on the contrary, is a great aid to spiritualprogress, especially when persons of the same mind and spiritassociate together in God.

March 24-Morning {Daily Reading: #Jud 6:1-7:25} {Quick Study: #Jud 16:1-18:31}

"He was heard in that he feared." {#Heb 5:7}

Did this fear arise from the infernal suggestion that he was utterly forsaken. There may be sterner trials than this, but surely it is one of the worst to be utterly forsaken? "See," said Satan, "thou hast a friend nowhere! Thy Father hath shut up the bowels of his compassion against thee. Not an angel in his courts will stretch out his hand to help thee. All heaven is alienated from thee; thou art left alone. See the companions with whom thou hast taken sweet counsel, what are they worth? Son of Mary, see there thy brother James, see there thy loved disciple John, and thy bold apostle Peter, how the cowards sleep when thou art in thy sufferings! Lo! Thou hast no friend left in heaven or earth. All hell is against thee. I have stirred up mine infernal den. I have sent my missives throughout all regions summoning every prince of darkness to set upon thee this night, and we will spare no arrows, we will use all our infernal might to overwhelm thee: and what wilt thou do, thou solitary one?" It may be, this was the temptation; we think it was, because the appearance of an angel unto him strengthening him removed that fear. He was heard in that he feared; he was no more alone, but heaven was with him. It may be that this is the reason of his coming three times to his disciples—as Hart puts it—

Backwards and forwards thrice he ran,

As if he sought some help from man.

He would see for himself whether it were really true that all men had forsaken him; he found them all asleep; but perhaps he gained some faint comfort from the thought that they were sleeping, not from treachery, but from sorrow, the spirit indeed was willing, but the flesh was weak. At any rate, he was heard in that he feared. Jesus was heard in his deepest woe; my soul, thou shalt be heard also.

And Also

March 24-Evening

"In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit." {#Lu 10:21}

The Saviour was "a man of sorrows," but every thoughtful mind has discovered the fact that down deep in his innermost soul he carried an inexhaustible treasury of refined and heavenly joy. Of all the human race, there was never a man who had a deeper, purer, or more abiding peace than our Lord Jesus Christ. "He was anointed with the oil of gladness above his fellows." His vast benevolence must, from the very nature of things, have afforded him the deepest possible delight, for benevolence is joy. There were a few remarkable seasons when this joy manifested itself. "At that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth." Christ had his songs, though it was night with him; though his face was marred, and his countenance had lost the lustre of earthly happiness, yet sometimes it was lit up with a matchless splendour of unparalleled satisfaction, as he thought upon the recompence of the reward, and in the midst of the congregation sang his praise unto God. In this, the Lord Jesus is a blessed picture of his church on earth. At this hour the church expects to walk in sympathy with her Lord along a thorny road; through much tribulation she is forcing her way to the crown. To bear the cross is her office, and to be scorned and counted an alien by her mother’s children is her lot; and yet the church has a deep well of joy, of which none can drink but her own children. There are stores of wine, and oil, and corn, hidden in the midst of our Jerusalem, upon which the saints of God are evermore sustained and nurtured; and sometimes, as in our Saviour’s case, we have our seasons of intense delight, for "There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of our God." Exiles though we be, we rejoice in our King; yea, in him we exceedingly rejoice, while in his name we set up our banners.

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