The little book If, by Amy Carmichael (1938) is always a heart-prober. Here is some of her verse regarding relationships and charity toward others.

I say, “Yes, I forgive, but I cannot forget,”
as though the God, who twice a day washes
all the sands on all the shores of all the world,
could not wash such memories from my mind,
…then I know nothing of Calvary love.

I do not give a friend, “the benefit of the doubt,”
but put the worst construction
instead of the best on what is said or done,
…then I know nothing of Calvary love.


in the fellowship of service I seek to attach a friend to myself,
so that others are caused to feel unwanted;
if my friendships do not draw others deeper in, but are ungenerous (i.e., to myself, for myself),
…then I know nothing of Calvary love.


I take offense easily;
if I am content to continue in a cool unfriendliness,
though friendship be possible,
…then I know nothing of Calvary love.


it be not a simple and natural thing to say,
*Enviest thou for my sake?
would God that all the Lord’s
people were prophets,”
…then I know nothing of Calvary love.

In Christ’s love,

*Numbers 11

Erika Simpson

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