Examining our Hearts as Christian Wives using Book "If"
by Amy Carmichael
by Amy Carmichael
If I am praying for my husband's protection and then allow myself to be annoyed, reacting with hurting words without preparing my spirit, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
I wrote the above words beginning with the word, "If," after reading (and being convicted by) Amy Carmichael's little heart-piercing book, "If."
Amy Carmichael, Irish missionary to India for the majority of her life who continued to serve the last twenty years of her life as an invalid there, wrote a very simple yet profound book called, If.
Amy wrote it during a wakeful night after discovering a co-laborer was missing "the way of Love," and Amy examined her own heart to see if she had in some way failed her fellow-worker. She began each sentence with the word "If," as she searched her heart to see if she herself was missing the way of love. She ended each sentence with the words, "then I know nothing of Calvary love."
At the top of the page is a lone sentence, with the remainder of the page mostly blank. One person has said that each page is mostly blank after the "If-sentence" so that we can each write "guilty" across the page.
It's so easy to become prideful when we hear of a Christian making a bad decision or having a bad attitude by saying to ourselves, "we would never do that." But perhaps it would be far more accurate and better to follow Amy's example to search on own hearts instead to see that our own need for Christ is every bit as desperate. We need to know more of Calvary's love in our own heart.
Listen to some of the statements as they came to Amy's heart that wakeful night:
If my attitude be one of fear, not faith, about one who has disappointed me, if I say, "Just what I expected," if a fall occurs, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
If I cannot keep silence over a disappointing soul (unless for the sake of that soul's good or for the good of others it be necessary to speak), than I know nothing of Calvary love.
If a sudden jar can cause me to speak an impatient, unloving word, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
Maybe reading Amy Carmichael's book If, can help you to see blind spots in your own heart and life as it did and continues to do for me.
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