As I read some Baptist history today I came across the idea of the two bears in the same house by Charles Spurgeon and so I looked it up. This is the story. I want to have these two bears in my house.
I know that I have not always been very kind to others that thought differently than I did. I have also been pretty hard on those that weren’t as worried about world evangelism as I felt like I was.
Well the Lord sure dealt with my heart today. I want to move in the two bears. I want to bear and forbear. I want to be kind and merciful. God help me to treat others like I should.
Let me know what you think when you read the following devotional!
It is not meet that the man who will not forgive should be forgiven, nor shall he who will not give to the poor have his own wants relieved. God will measure to us with our own bushels, and those who have been hard masters and hard creditors, will find that the Lord will deal hardly with them. â€œHe shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy.
This day let us try to give and to forgive. Let us mind the two bears â€”bear and forbear. Let us be kind, and gentle, and tender. Let us not put harsh constructions upon menâ€™s conduct, nor drive hard bargains, nor pick foolish quarrels, nor be difficult to please. Surely we wish to be blessed, and we also want to obtain mercy: let us be merciful, that we may have mercy. Let us fulfill the condition, that we may earn the beatitude. Is it not a pleasant duty to be kind? Is there not much more sweetness in it than in being angry and ungenerous? Why, there is a blessedness in the thing itself! Moreover, the obtaining of mercy is a rich reward. What but sovereign grace could suggest such a promise as this? We are merciful to our fellow-mortal in pence, and the Lord forgives us â€œall that debt.â€