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Some Christians do not comprehend faith

Cover of Bottome’s Crumbs from the King’s Table

Today's Devotional

May [you] have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge— Ephesians 3:18,19.

There is a difference in Christian people in regard to comprehension, and only as we comprehend do we rejoice. Did you ever say anything to a person who did not comprehend what you said? There was no answering look, no lighting up of the face— they did not take it in. And this seems to be the condition with a large class of Christians. They have not taken in—comprehended—that they are redeemed, that Jesus Christ makes us whole. Sin has separated us from God, but Christ has come to draw us near him. O, if we could but comprehend! If we could only see that he means all he says, for faith is nothing but taking it all in. We should then begin to know the height and depth of the love of God.

About the author and the source

Margaret McDonald Bottome (1827–1906) was an American religious organizer, founder of the King’s Daughters which (after the admission of men and a change of name) boasted half a million members in Canada and the United States within twenty years. She wrote a column in the Ladies’ Home Journal for members and also wrote several books, including the devotional Crumbs from the King’s Table.

Margaret Bottome. Crumbs from the King’s Table. New York: Willis McDonald & Co., 1888.

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