It's Time To Try Tears!
The founder of the Salvation Army was General William Booth. Some of his salvation soldiers were sent into the ghettos of Los Angeles in the 1920s and after three years of no results, they sent Booth a telegram: "It just won't work. We have tried everything. The gospel is just not being received here." A couple days later they received a two-word telegram from General Booth that said, "Try tears."
It's time for us to try tears! When's the last time you had great sorrow for someone's soul? Do you have unceasing anguish for your closest friends and family members?
I read the story of a brother who had lived most of his life as an unbeliever. In fact, his sister had prayed for her brother to come to Christ for over fifty years. Fifty years!That's a long time to pray.That's a long time to wait.That's a long time to hope.
Finally he came to Christ. And recently he died.It must have been hard to keep on praying for fifty years. What if she had given up after ten years? Or fifteen years? Surely the cause seemed hopeless after 25 years?
No one could blame her if after 35 years she had said, "He will never come to Christ. It's hopeless." But she never stopped praying or believing or waiting or hoping. And she witnessed to her brother when she had the chance.
I know she's glad she didn't give up.I know her brother is glad she didn't give up.
I find the words of William Barclay very helpful at this point. Paul, he says, "begins not in anger, but in sorrow." In that respect, he is like the God he served-he hated the sin but loved the sinner.
No man will ever begin to save others unless he loves them first. The Jews could say many unkind things about Paul, but they could never say he didn't love them. He did, and these verses prove it.
I. SINCERITY OF PAUL
His words are very simple, yet powerful. "I speak the truth in Christ-I am not lying, my conscience confirms it in the Holy Spirit" (v.1).
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