Love for Others Sermon Illustrations

Love for Others Sermon Illustrations

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The Tie of Love

One day, one of the gigantic eagles of Scotland carried away a sleeping infant. The whole village pursued it, but the eagle soon perched itself upon a lofty crag and everyone despaired of the child's life.

A sailor tried to climb the ascent, but he was obliged to give up the attempt. A robust Highlander, accustomed to hill climbing, tried but was forced to return. At last a poor peasant woman came forward and putting her feet on one shelf of the rock, then a second, then a third, she rose to the very top of the cliff. While the hearts of those below were trembling, she came down step by step, until amid the shouts of the villagers, she stood at the bottom of the rock with the child on her bosom.

Why did that woman succeed when the strong sailor and the practiced Highlander failed. Why? Because between her and the babe there was a tie; that woman was the mother of the babe. Let there be that tie of love of Christ and to souls in your hearts, and greater wonders will be accomplished.—The King's Business.

Sam Hadley's Strange Invitation

Sam Hadley of the Water Street Mission in New York once said, in telling of the kind of people that the mission was trying to help, "We don't want anyone here who is welcome anywhere else." If the Lord Jesus had come to save those of us who were so good that we were worth saving on that account, how many of us would be in fellowship with Him today? God sent His Son to die for us "while we were yet sinners."—Philip Howard, in The King's Business.

A Father's Love

In a home in Manchester, Eng., there was a wayward son and brother. The mother was dead and the father and the family were heart-stricken with grief over the boy. Time and time again, they had coaxed, reprimanded, and threatened, all to no avail. One Christmas morning the boy came home after a dreadful debauch. The brothers and sisters were shocked, disgraced, and out of all patience. For a long time pressure was being brought upon the father to have the boy driven from home. This night the distracted father appealed to the impatient family. After consulting each one, he found the universal verdict to be expulsion. The father then turned to his liquor-drugged son and said: "Henry, your sisters say you should he put out of the house, your brothers say you should be put out"; then going over to the boy he said: "My son, I shall never put you out of the home." This loving word of his father woke up his soul. He reformed and became converted, and was none other than the Rev. Henry Moorehouse of Manchester.—C. H. Spurgeon, in Cameos, by H. Weigle.

"Because They Love a Fellow"

Mr. Moody tells of a little street urchin in Chicago who went many, many blocks across the frozen streets of the great city, passing church and Sunday school after church and Sunday school to the church served by Mr. Moody. A Sunday school teacher stopped him one morning and said, "Where are you going?" He said, "To Mr. Moody's Sunday school." He said, "Why, that is many, many blocks away. Come into my class in this Sunday school nearby." The boy said, "No." The teacher persisted and finally asked the boy why he went so far through the cold across the city to Mr. Moody's Sunday school. He said, "Because they love a fellow over there!" Lost souls are looking for love; they are longing for love; and if they find it not in our hearts and the atmosphere we create in our churches and Sunday schools, then they will go limping down to hell without it!—L. R. Scarborough, in A Search for Souls.

Freezing to Death

A man was making his way over the mountains through a terrible snow storm. He gradually got weaker and weaker, until at last he stumbled and fell. He said to himself, "This is the end. I shall never be found!" He was too weak to rise, but as he fell his hand struck the body of another man who had fallen in the same place. This first man was unconscious, and the man who had just fallen rose to his knees, and, bending over the prostrate form, began to chafe his hands and to rub his face, until by and by the man's eyes opened. He had saved another's life, but he had also saved himself, for the exercise had kept the life in his own body. And when you have a passion for souls, when you go seeking the lost, when you lift the burdens of others, your own vision of Jesus is clearer, your own hope of eternity is stronger, your own assurance of salvation is greater.—J. Wilbur Chapman.

Love Won

One of the most heart-moving conversions that I have ever known, I witnessed in my city, during the holiday period in mid-winter. There reached me the message that a little Sunday school boy in one of our mission Sunday schools had been accidentally shot by his little neighbor friend. I hurried to the humble home as fast as I could go. I found the unconscious little fellow in the hands of two skillful doctors. Said they, "He will not live. The shot is unto death." I went back the next day and the boy's father was in the stupor of a terrible drunk. I went back the next day, and the father was sobering up. He would walk the floor as tears fell from his face, while he looked on that little suffering boy, nine or ten years of age. Bending over his boy, he would say, "My little man is better, and he will soon be well!" The little face was clouded as he feebly whispered, saying, "No, papa; I will not get well." And then the father protested, as he said, "You will get well, and I will be a good man and change my ways!" The little fellow's face was clouded, and he kept trying to say something, and I reached for the man to bend over to catch it, and this is what we did catch, after awhile: "When I am gone, papa, I want you to remember that I loved you, even if you did get drunk!" That sentence broke the father's heart. He left that room, unable to tarry any longer. A few minutes later, I found him lying prone upon his face, there upon the ground, behind the little cottage, sobbing with brokenness of heart. Said he, "Sir, after my child loves me like that, oughtn't I to straighten up and be the right kind of man?" I said, "I have a story ten thousand times sweeter than that to tell you. God's' only begotten Son loved you well enough to come down from heaven and die for you, Himself the just, for the unjust, that He might bring you to God. Won't you yield your wasting, sinful life to Him, and let Him save you?" Then and there he made the great surrender. You should slip into one of our prayer meetings, when the men and women talk about what Christ has done for them, and one of the most appealing and powerful testimonies you would hear is the testimony of this harness work­man, as he stands up, with tears on his face, to tell you that love brought him home when everything else had failed. They criticized him; they scolded him; they railed at him; they pelted him with harsh words because he drank. Then a little boy said, "Papa, I love you, even if you do get drunk," and love won the day when everything else failed!—George W. Truett.

Which Is Greatest?

Charles G. Trumbull, in reading the thirteenth chapter of I Corinthians to a company, read the last verse as follows: "And now abideth Fundamentalism, premillennialism, and love; but the greatest of these is love." Some of you need the lesson taught by such a rendering.Sunday School Times.

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