the Week of Christ the King / Proper 29 / Ordinary 34
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Temptations: From Friends to Be Watchfully Resisted
Spurgeon's Illustration Collection
The lady in Millais' famous picture would fain save her lover's life from the massacre of Bartholomew, by binding the popish badge around his arm; he kisses her for her love, but firmly removes the badge. So when the dearest friends we have, out of mistaken tenderness would persuade us to avoid persecution by relinquishing principle, and doing as others do, we should thank them for their love, but with unbending decision refuse to be numbered with the world. Moses must have loved Pharaoh's daughter for her kindness, but he refused to be called her son.
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Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'Temptations: From Friends to Be Watchfully Resisted'. Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​fff/​t/temptations-from-friends-to-be-watchfully-resisted.html. 1870.