I could only adore the sovereign grace of God, which distinguished me from him, though every thing was alike in us. We have been intimate from our infancy ; and have had the same plans and pursuits, and nearly the same condition : but the one is taken and the other is left

Just prior to leaving England forever, Henry Martyn urged his acquaintances to turn to Christ. He spoke of one, named M.

M_____ rode with me part of the way, but kept the conversation on general subjects. If I brought him by force to religion, he spoke with the most astonishing apathy on the subject. His cold, deliberate superiority to every thing but argument, convinced me not merely that he was not only fully convinced, as he said, but that he was rooted in infidelity. Nothing remained for me but to pray for him. Though he parted from me probably to see me no more, he said nothing that could betray the existence of any passions in him. O cursed infidelity, that freezes the heart’s blood here, as well as destroys the soul hereafter ! I could only adore the sovereign grace of God, which distinguished me from him, though every thing was alike in us. We have been intimate from our infancy ; and have had the same plans and pursuits, and nearly the same condition : but the one is taken and the other is left. I, through mercy, find my only joy and delight in the knowledge of Christ ; and he in denying the truth of religion altogether.

Henry Martyn, missionary, translator of the Bible into Hindi and New Testament into Persian. His memoir is highly recommended to inspire spiritual devotion

From, John Sargent, The Life and Letters of Henry Martin, Banner of Truth, 1985, p.65-66

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