“Blind, But Not Bitter”

Posted: August 13, 2020 in Attitude, Christian Life, Spiritual Enemies, Spiritual Warfare

You might think that she would have lived her life as a bitter woman because a “Doctor” gave here the wrong medication which caused her to go blind at a very young age (six weeks old). But instead, with the help of her godly grandmother, who taught her about God and His Word, she allowed the Lord to use her “handicap” to bless the lives of countless others through the six thousand Gospel songs she wrote. Included in the list were these: Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine,” “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Saviour,” and “Rescue The Perishing.”

“Rescue The Perishing” was written after she had met a young, blue collar worker at one of her speaking engagements. During her talk, she felt compelled to ask, “If there is a dear boy here tonight who has perchance wandered away from his mother’s home and his mother’s teaching, please come at the end of the service and talk to me.”

When the meeting was over, a young man (18 years old) approached her. “Did you mean me?” he asked. “I promised my mother that I would meet her in heaven, but the way I have been living, I don’t think that will be possible now.” This blind lady then had the joy of leading that young man to Christ. Upon returning to her room that night, all she could think about was the theme “Rescue The Perishing.” (See Jude 1:22, 23). So she wrote the words to the song we often sing in church. [1]

Rescue the perishing.” God the Father loved the people of this world who had sinned (acted lawlessly) against Him (John 3:16; See 1 John 3:4). He wanted to rescue us so that we wouldn’t have to spend eternity in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons (1 Timothy 2:4; Matthew 25:41, 46). He saw us in a desperate condition. To make this deliverance possible, One of the members in the Godhead needed to come down to this earth (Philippians 2:5-11), add to His deity at true human nature and a real body (John 1:1-18; Hebrews 10:7, 9). He needed to be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23), and live a sinless life Himself (Hebrews 4:15). Then He would need to die as our Substitute to satisfy God’s outraged holiness against our sin nature and our sins/acts of lawlessness (1 Peter 3:18; 1 John 2:2, 4:10). So God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ volunteered to die for our sins. But without His bodily resurrection from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:17), He wouldn’t be able to save to the uttermost those who would come to Him by faith (Hebrews 7:25; 11:6). That is why He rose again from the dead and now sits at God the Father’s right hand in heaven (Romans 4:25; Colossians 3:1).

Care for the dying.” Not only are we all dying physically a little bit each day, every baby who comes into this world is born spiritually dead and separated from God (Ephesians 2:1). We all need to be “born again from above” (John 3:3-7; 1 Peter 1:23). Being born of Christian parents doesn’t guarantee our salvation. God has no grandchildren. It’s an individual decision we must make for ourselves – Believe in/on Him as our personal Savior, or reject Him and His offer of salvation. Why would anyone do this? Could it be because they love darkness rather than light (John 1:12; 3:19). What about you?

Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave.” God looks with grace, mercy, and pity on us sinners and has done everything necessary for us to be saved and to live a godly, Christian life (2 Peter 1:3, 4). No amount of good works can save us (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). All we need to do is “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, and we will be saved” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Have you done this yet? If not, why not trust in Him right now?

Weep o’er the erring one.” So few Christians ever weep for lost people as Jesus did when He looked over the city of Jerusalem and said, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!” (Matthew 23:37; See Romans 9:1-3). Jude, the Lord’s half-brother wrote: “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And on some have compassion, making a distinction; but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh” (Jude 1:20-23). Has your love for God, for other Christians, and for lost people grown cold or indifferent (John 13:34, 35; 1 John 3:16, 17; Revelation 2:4)? If it has, renew it and let God live His life through your life (Romans 5:5; Galatians 2:20).

Lift up the fallen.” We’ve all fallen into sin and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). As Jesus cast out a demon from a young man and lifted up him up (Mark 9:17-27), so may we be in a position to lift up the fallen and…

Tell them of Jesus.” Jesus said, “I AM the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). Jesus is the only One who can save us eternally (Acts 4:12). The false Christs and a false gospel message leads to everlasting destruction (2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15). False teachers “are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever” (Jude 1:12, 13).

The mighty to save.” Jesus, along with the other two Members in the Godhead, is the omnipotent God (Revelation 1:8), who created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1; John 1:1- 3; Colossians 1:15-17). There is no one whom He can’t save no matter how bad a person has been. “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11; See 1 John 3:4-9). When we place our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone to be saved, we are judicially forgiven (Ephesians 1:7) and cannot be condemned (Romans 8:1). Family forgiveness is based on a Christian’s honest confession of his/her sins to God the Father (1 John 1:9).

Feeling Useless? Fanny Crosby, [2] the blind author of this song and many of the other hymns we still sing, might have thought at one time that maybe God couldn’t use someone like her for His glory (1 Corinthians 10:31). But she didn’t allow the devil to defeat her and become bitter or to have an unforgiving spirit toward the “Doctor” who was responsible for her being blind (Hebrews 12:15; See Ephesians 6:17). Once she was saved, she dedicated her life to God (Romans 12:1, 2), and He used her in a mighty way to bless others (See 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4).

Do you feel like God couldn’t possibly use you (See Ephesians 3:20; 1 Peter 4:10)? If so, consider these Bible characters whom God used for His glory:

Noah got drunk, Abraham was too old, Isaac was a daydreamer, Jacob was a liar, Leah was ugly, Joseph was abused, Moses had a stuttering problem, Gideon was afraid, Samson was a womanizer, Rahab was a prostitute, Jeremiah and Timothy were too young, David was an adulterer and a murderer, Elijah was suicidal, Jonah ran from God, Naomi was a widow, Job went bankrupt, John the Baptist ate bugs, Peter denied Christ, the disciples fell asleep while praying, Martha worried about everything, the Samaritan woman was divorced (more than once), Zacchaeus was too small, Paul was a blasphemer and a murderer, Timothy had an ulcer, and Lazarus was dead! [3]

Application. All of us have challenges, hardships, trials, and testings in this life that could easily cause us to become bitter, angry, rebellious, cynical, and hateful toward others who have hurt us. But we’re not alone (1 Corinthians 10:13). Think for a moment about those who have hurt you deeply or let you down in life. Have they treated you as badly and as often as you’ve treated God? Has God forgiven you? If you’ve been forgiven, then why are you unwilling to forgive others (See Matthew 18:21-35; Ephesians 4:32)?

If you are a true Christian, is your bad attitude (B.A.) keeping you from having and exhibiting the nine parts of the “Fruit of the Spirt” (Galatians 5:22, 23) in your life? Are you looking for an opportunity to take vengeance into your own hands (Romans 12:19-21)? How is your bad attitude affecting the unsaved people around you? Do you grumble, gripe, and complain often in their hearing as the children of Israel did while they were in the wilderness (1 Corinthians 10:1-12)? Are you suffering physically or mentally and about to die prematurely because of your rebellious, and unforgiving spirit (See 1 Corinthians 11:30; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16; 1 Samuel 15:23)? Do you know that God wants us, as believers, to bless and pray for those who persecute us (Romans 12:14; Matthew 5:44)? Is honest confession to God and others (if necessary) in order (1 John 1:9; James 5:16; Proverbs 28:13)?

When we are tempted by the devil to be bitter or have an unforgiving spirit, we need to put on the whole “armor of God” (Ephesians 6:10-17). The “helmet of salvation” is the piece of the armor that helps us overcome these two temptations (Ephesians 6:17).

If you are saved, and rightly related to God the Holy Spirit (1 John 1:9; Galatians 5:16, 25; Ephesians 5:18), you are in a position to help someone who has a bad attitude (B.A.) and take part in adjusting his/her thinking before sin is involved (Galatians 6:1 ff; 1 John 3:4). You could keep a person from dying prematurely (1 John 5:15; James 5:19, 20) so he/she can live a productive life for the glory of God and good of others.

One ship sails east

One ship sails west

Regardless of how the winds blow.

It is the set of the sail

And not the gale

That determines the way we go.”

Charles R. Swindoll [4]

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change if necessary (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this has helped you, please SHARE it with others.

[1] “Rescue The Perishing” story. Robert J. Morgan, “Then Sings My Soul” Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, TN, p. 175

[2] Fanny Crosby https://www.wholesomewords.org/biography/bcrosby15.html

[3] https://www.jollynotes.com/biblical-examples-of-imperfect-people-god-used-in-the-bible/

[4] Charles R. Swindoll, Laugh Again, Word Publishing, Dallas, 1992, p. 34

Bad News & Good News” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

Music Video: Rescue The Perishing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMFRt2aLuMI

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.  Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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