Jottings – If You Are Going to Wash Your Neighbor’s Feet You Ought to be Careful About the Temperature of the Water


Commenting on John 13:14 ~


We need much grace ourselves to wash another’s feet. If you are going to wash your neighbor’s feet, you ought to be careful about the temperature of the water. You would not go to anyone and say, ‘Put your feet into this bucket of scalding water, and I will wash them for you.’ Ice-water is just as bad. Some people go at you in such a way that you just shrink back from them. Some are so hot, and some are so cold and icy and formal. You don’t appreciate either; do you? The proper thing is this, when you see your brother going wrong, get into the presence of the Lord about it. Then remember the word that tells us, as recorded in Gal. 6:1: ‘Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.’ When you go to your brother like this seeking to apply the Word of God faithfully. He must be in a very bad state indeed if he will not listen. If he is not ready, you can continue to pray and wait for the time when God may permit you to help him.


H. A. Ironside, Addresses on the Gospel of John. (Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1942), pp. 560-62.


Thanks Keith!


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