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Matt Chandler Update

January 18, 2010

“After conversion we need bruisings so that reeds may know themselves to be reeds and not oaks. Even reeds need bruising by reason of the remainder of pride in our nature and to let us see that we live by mercy and mercy alone. Such bruising may help weaker Christians not to be too much discouraged when they see stronger ones shaken and bruised. Thus, Peter was bruised when he wept bitterly. This reed till he met with this bruise had more wind in him than Pith when he said, “Though all forsake Thee, I will not.” The people of God cannot be without these examples. The heroic deeds of those great worthies do not comfort the church s much as their falls and their bruises do.” – Richard Sibbs, The Bruised Reed

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