Drummond Again on Love


"Then Paul contrasts it with sacrifice and martyrdom. And I beg the little
band of would-be missionaries and I have the honour to call some of you by this
name for the first time—to remember that though you give your bodies to be
burned, and have not Love, it profits nothing—nothing! You can take nothing
greater to the heathen world than the impress and reflection of the Love of God
upon your own character. That is the universal language. It will take you years to
speak in Chinese, or in the dialects of India. From the day you land, that language
of Love, understood by all, will be pouring forth its unconscious eloquence. It is the man who is the missionary, it is not his words. His character is his message. In theheart of Africa, among the great Lakes, I have come across black men and women who remembered the only white man they ever saw before—David Livingstone; and
as you cross his footsteps in that dark continent, men’s faces light up as they
speak of the kind Doctor who passed there years ago. They could not understand
him; but they felt the Love that beat in his heart. Take into your new sphere of
labour, where you also mean to lay down your life, that simple charm, and your
lifework must succeed. You can take nothing greater, you need take nothing less. It
is not worth-while going if you take anything less. You may take every accomplishment; you may be braced for every sacrifice; but if you give your body to be burned, and have not Love, it will profit you and the cause of Christ nothing."

Henry Drummond (The Greatest Thing in the World)

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