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01/05/2011 / Test All Things

A Letter To Mrs Peake – November 9th, 1854

My dear Friend, Mrs. Peake

You have given me, in your kind and affectionate note, so friendly and cordial an invitation, that I cannot feel it in my heart to decline it. I shall have, therefore, much pleasure in staying over the Wednesday, and will make my arrangements accordingly.

I have for many years seen much difficulty in maintaining Christian communion with those towards whom we feel spiritual union. It is usually only at rare seasons that true spiritual communion is obtained with them; and without this, social communion rather damps than maintains our union. This feeling has long influenced me in declining much visiting among the friends, beyond those friendly and pastoral calls which the Lord may make mutually pleasant and profitable. But one may err on the right hand as well as on the left; and Christians may keep themselves too widely apart — or be too intimate.

Any profit that you may derive from the ministry is wholly of the Lord’s mercy and grace. This is my increasing feeling. What the Lord blesses is His own truth. Pure water in a horn, is better than foul water in a golden cup. My desire is to preach God’s pure unadulterated truth, and leave the blessing of it to Him.

Yours very affectionately,
J. C. P.

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