The arm of grace is very long
(J. C. Ryle, "Many
Let us learn never to despair of the salvation of
anyone--as long as he lives. Fathers ought never
to despair of prodigal sons. Mothers ought never
to despair of self-willed, headstrong daughters.
Husbands should never despair of wives, nor
wives of husbands. There is nothing impossible
with God. The arm of grace is very long,
can reach those who seem very far off. Let us pray
on, and hope on, for others--however unlikely
their salvation may appear to be at present.
The Holy Spirit can change any heart!
The blood of Christ can cleanse away any sin!
We shall see many in heaven, whom we never
expected to see there. Grimshaw, the famous
pastor of Yorkshire, when he died, left his only
son unconverted, careless, thoughtless, and
indifferent to true religion. The day came when
the young man’s heart was changed, and he
walked in the steps of his holy father. And
when he lay upon his deathbed, one of his
last words was, "What will my old father
say--when he sees me in heaven!"
"Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short
to save!" Isaiah 59:1