Saturday, October 17, 2009

Let's rather make Peace

Sat 17 Oct 1741: Going to a neighbouring house, I found Mr. Humphreys and T. Bissicks tearing open the sore with all their might. On my coming in all was hushed. But Mrs. James of Abergavenny (a woman of candour and humanity) insisted that those things should be said to my face. There followed a lame piece of work. But although the accusations brought were easily answered, yet I found they left a soreness on many spirits. When H. Harris heard of what had passed, he hasted to stand in the gap once more and with tears besought them all to ‘follow after the things that make for peace’. And God blessed the healing words which he spoke, so that we parted in much love, being all determined to let controversy alone and to preach Jesus Christ and him crucified.I preached at Cardiff at three, and about five set out thence for Fonmon Castle. Notwithstanding the great darkness of the night, and our being unacquainted with the road, before eight we came safe to the congregation, which had been some time waiting for us. I preached on our Lord’s words to the rich young man, ‘If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.’ Blessed be God that we have a better covenant, established upon better promises

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