Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection
Mercy: Abuse of
A certain member of that parliament wherein a statute for the relief of the poor was passed, was an ardent promoter of that Act. He asked his steward when he returned to the country, what the people said of that statute. The steward answered, that he heard a labouring man say, that whereas formerly he worked six days in the week, now he would work but four; which abuse of that good provision so affected the pious statesman that he could not refrain from weeping. Lord, thou hast made many provisions in thy Word for my support and comfort, and hast promised in my necessities thy supply and protection; but let not my presumption of help from thee cause my neglect of any of those means for my spiritual and temporal preservation which thou hast enjoined.
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Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'Mercy: Abuse of'. Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/fff/m/mercy-abuse-of.html. 1870.