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when He wept over Jerusalem's guilt, and impenitence, and impending ruin. Let us then turn our thoughts for a little to these evidences of Paul's warm or tender heartedness.
There were tears of suffering.—He was not like the proud Stoic, who thought it a meritorious thing to suppress natural feeling or painful emotion; and he did not affect to be cold and impassive under his manifold afflictions, nor attempt to "stifle the expressions of a grief which he could not help feeling, and which he could not conceal without dissimulation.” Nor was he a man of robust frame or of iron mould; but he had a sickly body and a sensitive spirit; and he had “ a thorn in the flesh,” which caused him great suffering, and for the removal of which he besought the Lord thrice. And though he had high moral courage, yet he was not remarkable for mere physical courage. Like his Master, he naturally and instinctively shrank from pain, and was often cast down by fear, greatly depressed in spirit, and much grieved by the ingratitude and desertion of his friends. with you,” he says, “in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling;" and again, "without were fightings, within were fears." Yes, it cost Paul much to be a Christian; and he had to bear a heavy cross of suffering; and many were the tears he shed—not tears of impatience or fretfulness, but tears of anguish and sore affliction.
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2. There were tears of sympathy.-In almost every page of his epistles, he expresses his strong affection for his friends and fellow-labourers, and the great enjoyment which he experienced in their society, and the sorrow which he felt in their absence; and especially when any of them, like Demas, turned their backs
upon him. For the comfort, and even for the prejudices of his converts, he showed the tenderest consideration; and treated them with a uniform courtesy and kindliness, which betokened a peculiarly warm and loving heart. His tender attachment to “Luke, the beloved physician,” to Timothy, his “ own son in the faith," and to Titus his other son; and his mention by name of so many of those who had ministered to his wants, and helped him in his labours; and his cordial greetings of them at the close of his epistles—all this indicates the warmth of his friendship, and the tenderness and depth of his sympathetic love to his brethren and sisters in the Lord.
3. There were also tears of pastoral solicitude.-Day and night he had warned the Ephesian church "with tears” against prevailing errors and sins. And in reminding the Philippians of those “enemies of the Cross of Christ,” “ whose god was their belly, and whose glory was in their shame,” he says, “I now tell you, even weeping.” Then to the Thessalonians he says, “As ye know how we exhorted and comforted,
and charged every one of you (as a father doth his children), that ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto His kingdom and glory." And then when he received “good tidings of their faith and charity," and of their earnest “ desire to see him, as we also to see you,” he was filled with comfort and joy; "for now,” says he, “we live if ye stand fast in the Lord," as if his very existence depended upon their steadfastness in the faith and holiness of the Gospel. Such also, as we have seen, was his warm affection for the Corinthian church, and his earnest pastoral solicitude for their spiritual welfare. And does not this show, that while his “ heart was enlarged" to all the world, yet it was also a most tender, kind, and loving heart?
In all this, then, what a bright pattern is exhibited for the imitation of young men ! Their future comfort and welfare depend much upon their setting, before them a lofty aim or ideal, and then resolutely following it out, and striving to realise it, in their personal character and conduct. In the admirable address of the Moderator,* at the close of the Free Church Assembly, it was truly said, “Every man becomes like the object of his strongest love and highest admiration, and if a man admires, and trusts, and loves his own vile self, he becomes in every way vile. The one absolutely beautiful object ever
* Dr Moody Stuart in 1875.
disclosed on this earth of ours, is Jesus Christ, wholly admirable from His cradle to His cross, and even those who are not His friends admire His peerless beauty." We must, however, not only admire, but imitate Him; and though we cannot hope in this life to reach His high standard of moral perfection, yet in looking to those, such as Paul, who were made like Him, we are encouraged to hope that what grace did for them, it can do for us. Let us never forget that the Gospel is designed, not only to give peace and comfort to the troubled conscience, and rest to the weary soul, but also to elevate and ennoble our whole character, and so to “enlarge our hearts," as that we shall “run in the way of God's commandments,” even
" amid trials and temptations, and in danger and death. And let us not forget that true happiness consists, not only in having real fellowship with God, but also in the exercise of holy love, in the interchange of pure affection, and in the doing of generous deeds. It consists, to no small extent, in large-heartedness and kindheartedness toward all men. When we are invited, as sinners, to come to Christ, it is not only for the purpose of being saved ourselves, but also for the purpose of becoming blessings to others, and seeking their salvation. Who ever heard of a deist or infidel weeping because his doctrine was rejected? But Paul wept when his doctrine was rejected by some and perverted by others. It grieved him to the heart, and