A Simple Argument for the Pardoning Love of God

Henry_the_Young_KingWhat man among you can stand against his children’s tears?

When King Henry II (of England), in the ages gone by, was provoked to take up arms against his ungrateful and rebellious son, he besieged him in one of the French towns, and the son being near to death, desired to see his father, and confess his wrong-doing; but the stern old sire refused to look the rebel in the face. The young man being sorely troubled in his conscience, said to those about him,

 “I am dying, take me from my bed, and let me lie in sackcloth and ashes, in token of my sorrow for my ingratitude to my father.”

Henry_II_of_England_croppedThus he died, and when the tidings came to the old man outside the walls, that his boy had died in ashes, repentant for his rebellion, he threw himself upon the earth, like another David, and said,

“Would to God I had died for him.”

The thought of his boy’s broken heart touched the heart of the father. If ye, being evil, are overcome by our children’s tears, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven find in your bemoanings and confessions an argument for the display of his pardoning love through Christ Jesus our Lord? This is the eloquence which God delights in, a broken heart and the contrite spirit.     –C. H. Spurgeon

2 thoughts on “A Simple Argument for the Pardoning Love of God

  1. Spurgeon understood the implications of that pardoning love much more than most men. http://spurgeonwarquotes.wordpress.com/

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