The Sweetest And The Bitterest Word (12 Of 15) by Clarence E. Macartney

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The Greatest Words in the Bible and in Human Speech
The Sweetest and Bitterest Word (12 of 15)
Clarence E. Macartney
Luke 16:25

How can a word he both sweet and bitter? Ah, that is
one of the mysteries of life, one of the mysteries of
the human heart. The same question was asked a long
time ago by St. James, "Doth a fountain send forth at
the same time sweet waters and bitter?" No, no
fountain ever did that, but the fountain of the human
heart does, and therefore there is a word that is both
the sweetest and bitterest word that the tongue can
pronounce.

What is that word? What is the word that is a strong
argument for the existence of the soul, of God, and of
the hereafter? What is the word that is the well-
stored library of the mind? What is the word that is
the rich treasury of life? What is the word that makes
the joys of childhood to live again? What is the word
that "oft in the stilly night" brings the light of
other days around us? What is the word that recreates
the fond ambitions and hopes of youth? What is the
word that restores the blessedness that once we knew
when first we saw the Lord?

What is the word that rekindles the fires of affection
and reunites hearts once separated by death? What is
the word which is so swift in its movement, that
compared with it the tempest itself lags behind and
the swift winged arrows of light? What is the word
before whose magic touch time retreats and space is
non-existent? What is the word which gives us a
kingdom where moth doth not corrupt nor thieves break
through and steal? What is the word which is a
companion which never deserts us when riches take
wings, when reputation sees, when adversity's chill
winds begin to blow? What is the word that is the
angel with the backward look? What is the word that
cheers the sleepless bed and companions us in the
silent watches of the night?

And what is that same word that makes sin a fact, and
hell ...


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