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Commander’s Call
For The Morning Of —

March 25th

"Betrayest thou the Son of Man with a kiss? " — Luke 22:48

          "THE kisses of an enemy are deceitful."  Let me be on my guard when the world puts on a loving face, for it will, if possible, betray me as it did my Master, with a kiss.  Whenever a man is about to stab religion, he usually professes very great reverence for it.  Let me beware of the sleek-faced hypocrisy which is armour-bearer to heresy and infidelity.  Knowing the deceivableness of unrighteousness, let me be wise as a serpent to detect and avoid the designs of the enemy.  The young man, void of understanding, was led astray by the kiss of the strange woman:  may my soul be so graciously instructed all this day, that "the much fair speech" of the world may have no effect upon me.  Holy Spirit, let me not, a poor frail son of man, be betrayed with a kiss!
          But what if I should be guilty of the same accursed sin as Judas, that son of perdition?  I have been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus; I am a member of His visible Church; I sit at the communion table:  all these are so many kisses of my lips.  Am I sincere in them?  If not, I am a base traitor.  Do I live in the world as carelessly as others do, and yet make a profession of being a follower of Jesus?  Then I must expose religion to ridicule, and lead men to speak evil of the holy name by which I am called.  Surely if I act thus inconsistently I am a Judas, and it were better for me that I had never been born.  Dare I hope that I am clear in this matter?  Then, O Lord, keep me so.  O Lord, make me sincere and true.  Preserve me from every false way.  Never let me betray my Saviour.  I do love Thee, Jesus, and though I often grieve Thee, yet I would desire to abide faithful even unto death.  O God, forbid that I should be a high-soaring professor, and then fall at last into the lake of fire, because I betrayed my Master with a kiss. spurgeon3

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You are dismissed.