A Mass of Contradictions

The Christian is enabled to rejoice greatly, even when he is grieved by manifold trials. He rejoices and grieves at the same time. He is a mass of contradictions. He is weak, yet strong; has no righteousness, yet is divinely righteous; has no strength, yet is invincible; a worm, yet threshes mountains (Isaiah 41: 14-15); poor, yet making many rich; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing. Joy and grief fill his heart at the same time, so that it is possible that he may ‘receive the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost’ (1 Thess. 1:6).

~Robert Murray M’Cheyne

from a sermon entitled Rejoicing in Affliction


4 thoughts on “A Mass of Contradictions

  1. Dan,
    I apologize for just now getting back to you and for any offense I may have caused you in regards to your picture that I “lifted without giving credit or asking permission.” There was no malintent. I found the picture on a google search relating to furnaces.

    I have removed the picture from the blog post you linked above and from this site altogether.


    1. Thanks, I know you didn’t mean any harm. It’s just tough from a photographer’s perspective when you put work into making something by taking the time and effort to arrange a shot just right, and you get all excited about how it turned out, only to see multiple other people copy and paste it as if they own it. It helps make their blog or site look better, but their site visitors have no idea how or where the shot was done. Next, someone else who sees the copy wants to actually give credit in an article, and the real source is no longer known. Think of it the same way if I wrote out a fascinating article, and that article came up in web search results–it only seems fair to give credit to the actual source. Just some friendly thoughts to consider. Thanks for understanding, and keep up the blogging.

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