“The heart is very slippery” by Charles H. Spurgeon

“Men’s hearts are very hard to affect. If you want to get at them for any worldly object, you can do it. A cheating world can win man’s heart; a little gold can win man’s heart; a trump of fame and a little clamor of applause can win man’s heart. But there is not a minister breathing that can win man’s heart himself. He can win his ears and make them listen; he can win his eyes, and fix those eyes upon him; he can win the attention, but the heart is very slippery.

Yes! The heart is a fish that troubles all gospel fishermen to hold. You may sometimes pull it almost all out of the water; but, slimy as an eel, it slippeth between your fingers, and you have not captured it after all. Many a man has fancied that he has caught the heart, but has been disappointed.”

-–Charles H. Spurgeon, “The Power of the Holy Ghost” in Spurgeon’s Sermons, Vol. 1 (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1996), 123.

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