Subject: November 17th — Daily Devotional by Watchman Nee

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But the other answered, and rebuking him said, Dost thou not even fear God, seeing thou art in the same condition? Luke 23.40.

We cannot be absolutely certain why this robber who at the beginning railed at the Lord Jesus should suddenly change and believe in Christ. I think, however, that it probably was due to that precious prayer of Christ as recorded in Luke: “Father, forgive them: for they know not what they do” (23.34). These words must have touched his heart. Such mercy, such love, such gentleness, such fullness of grace must have moved his hardened soul, modified his prejudice, and melted his wicked heart. That prayer caused him to know that the One who was crucified was truly the Christ, the Son of God. The Roman cross caused him to rail at Christ; but the cross of Christ caused him to repent and believe in the Saviour. Law and punishment cannot save souls; but grace and love will produce tears and repentance in hardened sinners and draw them near to God for mercy.

This daily devotional comes from the book 
The Lord My Portion by Watchman Nee.
The Lord My Portion by Watchman Nee