Pristine Grace

Bitter Spirited Christians?
by Charles Spurgeon
Bitter Spirited Christians?

    As we grow in grace, we are sure to grow in charity, sympathy, and love. We shall, as we ripen in grace, have greater sweetness towards our fellow Christians. Bitter spirited Christians may know a great deal, but they are immature.

    Those who are quick to censure may be very acute in judgment, but they are as yet very immature in heart.

    He who grows in grace remembers that he is but dust, and he therefore does not expect his fellow Christians to be anything more.

    He overlooks ten thousand of their faults, because he knows his God overlooks twenty thousand in his own case. He does not expect perfection in the creature, and, therefore, he is not disappointed when he does not find it.

    When our virtues become more mature, we shall not be more tolerant of evil; but we shall be more tolerant of infirmity, more hopeful for the people of God, and certainly less arrogant in our criticisms.