LITTLE AND MANY STRIPES

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HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

“But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city.” Luke 10:12

More tolerable will it be for the heathen than for me — if I fail to improve my day of grace and opportunity.

My knowledge is much clearer than theirs. They grope in the dark — but I enjoy the full midday beam. They follow confusing voices — but I listen to the sure Word of grace and truth. What are shaded Tobago, Cedar’s oaks, and Buddha’s footprints — compared with the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ?

And my privilege is much larger. Pulpits and Sundays, the Bible and the Church, the wholesome atmosphere and the helpful surroundings — I have these, and they are denied them all. I am tenfold happier in my opportunities than the most favoured of them.

And my surroundings are much richer and fuller. Education and the environment have done great things for me, widening my horizon, uplifting my conceptions, and expanding all my being. But they only make the Lord more essentially necessary to my welfare and completeness.

And my Saviour is much nearer. How shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? But I — I have been familiar with Him all my days.

They who knew not His will shall be beaten with few stripes; but I who know it, if I do it not, I shall be beaten with many stripes.

Author: Patriarch Gregg

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