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Givers and Receivers

Givers and Receivers

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BY REV. W. ROBERTSON NICOLL, M.A. LL.D.

THAT humanity may be parted easily into the
two classes of givers and receivers is a fact
which is written plainly on the very face of life.
There is no such thing as fair exchange. The
broad truth about some is that their lives have
been spent in loving and imparting ; the broad
truth about others is that they have throughout
coveted and received. Take, for example, the
fortunes of love.
BY REV. W. ROBERTSON NICOLL, M.A. LL.D.

THAT humanity may be parted easily into the
two classes of givers and receivers is a fact
which is written plainly on the very face of life.
There is no such thing as fair exchange. The
broad truth about some is that their lives have
been spent in loving and imparting ; the broad
truth about others is that they have throughout
coveted and received. Take, for example, the
fortunes of love.

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GIVERS AND RECEIVERS BY REV. W. ROBERTSON NICOLL, M.A. LL.D.THAT humanity may be parted easily into the two classes of givers and receivers is a fact which is written plainly on the very face of life. There is no such thing as fair exchange. The broad truth about some is that their lives have been spent in loving and imparting ; the broad truth about others is that they have throughout coveted and received. Take, for example, the fortunes of love. Does it not seem as if the most royal faculty of the soul were often the most dis-ordered and vagrant ? How much love runs to waste, meets with no answer, is bestowed fool-ishly, madly ! To the most loving the world is often loveless, and they are forced to think that they have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Even when there is a response, it is meagre and unsatisfying. Sydney Dobell, in his poem, " The Captain's Wife," tells suggestively
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238 THE RETURN TO THE CROSS the story of an affection returned and yet not returned. " Yet there is something here within this breast, Which, like a flower that never blossoms, lieth. And though in words and tears my sorrow crieth, I know that it hath never been expressed. Something that blindly yearneth to be known, And doth not burn, nor rage, nor leap, nor dart ; But struggles in the sickness of my heart As a root struggles in a vault of stone." For multitudes of men and women the chief bitterness of bereavement is the remorse for mis-prizing the treasure of a heart. Only when death has snapped the bond do they understand that what they miss and must miss all the days is the touch, the breath, the tread of love. The same is true of impulse and service. The palmary instance for Christians is that of the Apostle and High Priest of our profession. It is
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true that Our Lord came to confront the empire of evil. He did not shrink from the shock of battle, but He came loving and seeking love. " He came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many." If there had been given to Him no vision of a harvest in the far future, might He not have looked upon the travail of His soul as vain ? GIVERS AND RECEIVERS 239 What was true of the Master is true of the dis-ciples. It was true for St. Paul, it is true sooner or later for every faithful minister. No life of Christian service but is to be known by the mark of the nails. One of the most successful and beloved of modern preachers wrote : "I have much observed of late how the afternoon of life seems to lose part of its natural, well-deserved recompense. I know and have heard of a good many personal experiences of this kind both in Church and State. The real spirit and character
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