Amy Carmichael wrote a little book called If. I came across a copy of it on my shelf this week. Reading through it again, I was reminded of the pointed words with which she wrote. Meant to be a private challenge to the Indian girls’ home in which she ministered, God expanded its purpose. Still in print one hundred years later, it is useful for searching one’s own heart in light of Calvary’s love. The book is written in If…then verses. Here are just a few today.
If…I cast up a confessed, repented, and forsaken sin against another and allow my remembrance of that sin to color my thinking and feed my suspicions, …then I know nothing of Calvary love.
On true humility
If…I cannot in honest happiness take the second place (or the twentieth); if I cannot take the first without making a fuss about my unworthiness,…then I know nothing of Calvary love.
If…the praise of man elates me and his blame depresses me; if I cannot rest under misunderstanding without defending myself; if I love to be loved more than to love, to be served more than to serve,…then I know nothing of Calvary love.
On loving boldly
May these bless you today as they did me.