frrom Octavius Winslow's, "Morning Thoughts"
"Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there?"
The physician is Jesus, the balm is His own most precious blood.
He binds up the broken heart, He heals the wounded spirit.
All the skill, all the efficacy, all the tenderness
and crucial sympathy needed for the office meet
and center in Him in the highest degree.
Here then, disconsolate soul, bring your wounded heart!
Bring it simply to Jesus.
One touch of His hand will heal the wound.
One whisper of His voice will hush the tempest.
One drop of His blood will remove the guilt.
Nothing but a faith's application to Him will do for your soul now.
Your case is beyond the skill of all other physicians.
Your wound is too deep for all other remedies.
Do not let the freeness of the remedy keep you away.
The cost is "without money, and without price."
The ground on which the healing is bestowed is....
not worthiness on the part of the applicant,
not merit of the creature,
Oh no! It is all of grace!
It is all God's free gift, irrespective
of any worth or worthiness in man.
Your only motive to come to Christ is your very sinfulness.
The reason why you go to Him is that....
your heart is broken, and that He only can bind it up;
your spirit is wounded, and that He only can heal it;
your conscience is burdened, and that He only can lighten it.
And that is all you need to recommend you.
It is enough for Christ....
that you are covered with guilt;
that you have no plea that springs from yourself;
that you have no money to bring in your hand,
but have spent your all upon physicians, yet
instead of getting better you only grow worse;
that you have wasted your substance in riotous living,
and now are insolvent; and that you really feel a
drawing towards Him, a longing for Him; that you
ask, you seek, you crave, you earnestly implore His
compassion; that is enough for Him.
His heart yearns!
His love is moved!
His hand is stretched out!
Come and welcome to Jesus, come!