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Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection

Ignorance: of Oneã¬s Own Heart


'After all, I do not hate God. No, sir; you will not make me believe that. I am a sinner, I know, and do many wicked things; but after all, I have a good heart: I don't hate God.' Such was the language of a prosperous worldling. He was sincere, but sadly deceived. A few months afterwards, that God who had given him so many good things, crossed his path in an unexpected manner. A fearful torrent swept down the valley, and threatened destruction to this man's large flour mill. A crowd were watching it, in momentary expectation of seeing it fall, while the owner, standing in the midst of them, was cursing God to his face, and pouring out the most horrid oaths.


He no longer doubted or denied that he hated God. But nothing in that hour of trial came out of his mouth which was not previously in his heart. God's account of the unrenewed heart is true: it is 'deceitful above all things,' as well as 'desperately wicked.' He who is wise will believe God's account of the state of his heart by nature, rather than the deceitful heart's account of itself.


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Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'Ignorance: of Oneã¬s Own Heart'. Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/fff/i/ignorance-of-oneas-own-heart.html. 1870.

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