Charles Spurgeon & Joseph Parker both had Churches in London in the 19th century. On one occasion, Parker commented on the poor condition of children admitted to Spurgeon’s orphanage. It was reported to Spurgeon however, that Parker had criticized the orphanage itself.
Spurgeon blasted Parker the next week from the pulpit. The attack was printed in the newspapers & became the talk of the town. People flocked to Parker’s Church the next Sunday to hear his counterargument.
Parker announced, “I understand Dr. Spurgeon is not in his pulpit today & this is the Sunday they use to take an offering for the orphanage. I suggest we take a love offering here instead.” The crowd was delighted. The ushers had to empty the collection plates three times.
Later that week there was a knock at Parker’s study. It was Spurgeon. “You know Parker; you have practiced grace on me. You have given me not what I deserved; you have given me what I needed.” - ministry127.com
“The most miserable prison in the world is the prison we make for ourselves when we refuse to show mercy.” - Warren Wiersbe.
Mat 5:7 (KJV): “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.”