Ruth's Reward; or, Cheer for Converts
Charles H. Spurgeon
The Lord recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.
This was the language of Boaz, a man of substance and of note in Bethlehem, to a poor stranger of whom he had heard that she had left her kindred and the idols of her nation that she might become a worshiper of the living and true God. He acted a noble part when he cheered her and bade her be of good courage, now that she was casting in her lot with Naomi and the chosen nation. Observe that he saluted her with words of tender encouragement, for this is precisely what I want all the elder Christians among you to do to those who are the counterparts of Ruth. You who have long been believers in the Lord Jesus, who have grown rich in experience, who know the love and faithfulness of our covenant God, and who are strong in the Lord and in the power of His might, I want you to make a point of looking out for the young converts and speaking to them goodly words and comfortable words, whereby they may be cheered and strengthened.
There is a text, a very short one, which I would like often to preach from in reference to those who are newly saved, and I would invite you continually to be practicing it; that text is, "Encourage him." So many will throw cold water upon the aspirant after holiness that I would urge others of you heartily to cheer him. Where spiritual life is weak, it should be nurtured with affectionate care. We desire to cherish, not to censure. That the lambs may grow, they must be shepherded. That the tender babes in the household may become strong members of the divine family, they must be nursed and fed. If Ruth is to be happy in the land of Israel, a Boaz must seek after her and be her true friend. Let her nearest kinsmen be speedy in fulfilling this duty.
I have no doubt that much sorrow might be prevented if words of encouragement were more fre ...
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