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Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection
Experience: Teaching the Value of Grace
In the olden time when the government of England had resolved to build a wooden bridge over the Thames at Westminster, after they had driven a hundred and forty piles into the river, there occurred one of the most severe frosts in the memory of man, by means of which the piles were torn away from their strong fastenings, and many of them snapped in two. The apparent evil in this case was a great good; it led the commissioners to reconsider their purpose, and a substantial bridge of stone was erected.
How well it is when the fleshly reformations of unregenerate men are broken to pieces, if thus they are led to fly to the Lord Jesus, and in the strength of his Spirit are brought to build solidly for eternity. Lord, if thou sufferest my resolves and hopes to be carried away by temptations and the force of my corruptions, grant that this blessed calamity may drive me to depend wholly on thy grace, which cannot fail me.
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Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'Experience: Teaching the Value of Grace'. Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/fff/e/experience-teaching-the-value-of-grace.html. 1870.