Thursday, April 21, 2016
Bunyan: The broken-hearted man is a fainting man
From John Bunyan,The Acceptable Sacrifice (original 1688; Banner of Truth edition, 2004):
The broken-hearted man is a fainting man; he has his qualms, his sinking fits; he oft-times dies away with pain and fear; he must be stayed with flagons, and comforted with apples, or else he cannot tell what to do: he pines, he pines away in his iniquity; nor can any thing keep him alive and make him well but the comforts and cordials of Almighty God. Wherefore with such an one God will dwell, to revive the heart, to revive the spirit. ‘To revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones' (p. 10).