Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection
Mercy: Its Effect On the Soul
A man convicted of high treason and condemned to die is not only pardoned, but taken into the favour of his sovereign. He is riding in the royal carriage, and on the road he sees some of his fellow traitors pinioned and manacled, led forth in the midst of officers to die for the offence in which he had as deep a hand as they. What think you, will he not entreat the gracious monarch to extend his clemency to his fellow rebels? Will not the tears stand in his eyes as he admires the difference which his sovereign's free mercy has made? Will he not be moved with emotions impossible to describe, of mingled joy and grief; pity and gratitude, wonder and compassion? Christian, see your likeness here drawn to the life, you must surely feel ready to fall down on your knees, and cry,' Lord, why dost thou reveal thy mercy to me and not to these? Save them also, O Lord, for thy name's sake.'
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Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'Mercy: Its Effect On the Soul'. Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/fff/m/mercy-its-effect-on-the-soul.html. 1870.