By John Piper

Opposed to nice stumbling blocks William Wilberforce, an evangelical Christian and a member of Parliament, fought for the abolition of the African slave alternate and opposed to slavery itself until eventually they have been either unlawful within the British Empire. Many are conscious of Wilberforce's function in bringing an finish to slavery in nice Britain, yet few have taken the time to check the ideals and motivations that spurred him on for many years. during this concise quantity, John Piper tells the tale of the way Wilberforce used to be reworked from an unbelieving, younger baby-kisser right into a extensively God-centered Christian, and the way his deep spirituality helped to alter the ethical outlook of a country. As international leaders debate over easy methods to care for a number of social justice and humanitarian crises, a more in-depth examine Wilberforce's lifestyles and religion serves as an encouragement and instance to all believers. & nbsp;Read more... Enduring for the reason -- His adolescence -- 'God has set sooner than me nice gadgets' -- a large number of Christlike motives -- amazing patience -- The deeper root of childlike pleasure -- the big truths of the gospel

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4 Pollock, Wilberforce, 267. , 183. qxd 12/6/06 1:59 PM Page 59 The Deeper Root of Childlike Joy 59 upstairs and he was frustrated at having misplaced a letter, he heard a great din of children shouting. His guest thought he would be perturbed. Instead he smiled and said, “What a blessing to have these dear children! ”7 He was an unusual father for his day. Most fathers who had the wealth and position he did rarely saw their children. Servants and a governess took care of the children, and they were to be out of sight most of the time.

Pollock, “A Man Who Changed His Times,” 88. qxd 12/6/06 1:59 PM Page 57 Chapter Five The Deeper Root of Childlike Joy There is a deeper root of Wilberforce’s endurance than cama- raderie. It is the root of childlike, child-loving, self-forgetting joy in Christ. The testimonies and evidence of this in Wilberforce’s life are many. A certain Miss Sullivan wrote to a friend about Wilberforce around 1815: “By the tones of his voice and expression of his countenance he showed that joy was the prevailing feature of his own mind, joy springing from entireness of trust in the Savior’s merits and from love to God and man.

In other words, his indomitable joy moved others to be happy and good. ”14 In other words, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). He sustained himself and swayed others by his joy. If a man can rob you of your joy, he can rob you of your usefulness. Wilberforce’s joy was indomitable and therefore he was a compelling Christian and politician all his life. This was the strong root of his endurance. Hannah More, his wealthy friend and a co-worker in many of his schemes for doing good, said to him, “I declare I think you are serving God by being yourself agreeable .

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