Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon – 1st April

“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth.” / Song of Solomon 1:2

For several days we have been dwelling upon the Saviour’s passion, and for
some little time to come we shall linger there. In beginning a new month, let
us seek the same desires after our Lord as those which glowed in the heart of
the elect spouse. See how she leaps at once to him; there are no prefatory
words; she does not even mention his name; she is in the heart of her theme at
once, for she speaks of him who was the only him in the world to her. How bold
is her love! It was much condescension which permitted the weeping penitent to
anoint his feet with spikenard–it was rich love which allowed the gentle Mary
to sit at his feet and learn of him–but here, love, strong, fervent love,
aspires to higher tokens of regard, and closer signs of fellowship. Esther
trembled in the presence of Ahasuerus, but the spouse in joyful liberty of
perfect love knows no fear. If we have received the same free spirit, we also
may ask the like. By kisses we suppose to be intended those varied
manifestations of affection by which the believer is made to enjoy the love of
Jesus. The kiss of reconciliation we enjoyed at our conversion, and it was
sweet as honey dropping from the comb. The kiss of acceptance is still warm on
our brow, as we know that he hath accepted our persons and our works through
rich grace. The kiss of daily, present communion is that which we pant after
to be repeated day after day, till it is changed into the kiss of reception,
which removes the soul from earth, and the kiss of consummation which fills it
with the joy of heaven. Faith is our walk, but fellowship sensibly felt is our
rest. Faith is the road, but communion with Jesus is the well from which the
pilgrim drinks. O lover of our souls, be not strange to us; let the lips of
thy blessing meet the lips of our asking; let the lips of thy fulness touch
the lips of our need, and straightway the kiss will be effected.

“It is time to seek the Lord.” / Hosea 10:12

This month of April is said to derive its name from the Latin verb aperio,
which signifies to open, because all the buds and blossoms are now opening,
and we have arrived at the gates of the flowery year. Reader, if you are yet
unsaved, may your heart, in accord with the universal awakening of nature, be
opened to receive the Lord. Every blossoming flower warns you that it is time
to seek the Lord; be not out of tune with nature, but let your heart bud and
bloom with holy desires. Do you tell me that the warm blood of youth leaps in
your veins? then, I entreat you, give your vigour to the Lord. It was my
unspeakable happiness to be called in early youth, and I could fain praise the
Lord every day for it. Salvation is priceless, let it come when it may, but
oh! an early salvation has a double value in it. Young men and maidens, since
you may perish ere you reach your prime, “It is time to seek the Lord.” Ye who
feel the first signs of decay, quicken your pace: that hollow cough, that
hectic flush, are warnings which you must not trifle with; with you it is
indeed time to seek the Lord. Did I observe a little grey mingled with your
once luxurious tresses? Years are stealing on apace, and death is drawing
nearer by hasty marches, let each return of spring arouse you to set your
house in order. Dear reader, if you are now advanced in life, let me entreat
and implore you to delay no longer. There is a day of grace for you now–be
thankful for that, but it is a limited season and grows shorter every time
that clock ticks. Here in this silent chamber, on this first night of another
month, I speak to you as best I can by paper and ink, and from my inmost soul,
as God’s servant, I lay before you this warning, “It is time to seek the
Lord.” Slight not that work, it may be your last call from destruction, the
final syllable from the lip of grace.

– Bible Gateway.Com

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