Love And Honor One Another In Brotherly Affection

Robert Grible writes about the simple, but beautiful and exemplary harmony and brotherly love that existed between himself and John M., a poor neighbor of his. Both men who were believers in God, showed each other kindness and lived in peace.

Following excerpt from 64% into Recollections of an Evangelist by Robert Gribble
Some years ago I lived near one of the converted labourers on the farm mentioned in Chap.24 His cottage was close to my own, and there was no other within a quarter of a mile. John M----- was a widower, and his three children were cared for by his mother-in-law, who was also a sincere Christian. His wages at this time were not more than eight shillings-a week, but he was a man of a loving and liberal spirit, and delighted to serve others to the utmost of his power. On my coming to be his neighbour, he told me there was a rick of wood in his garden which he wished me to use from, at any time without applying to him, and as I endeavoured to show him similar kindness, we lived in the utmost harmony, undisturbed by any untoward event during the eighteen months of my sojourn there.

Recollections of an Evangelist

Genre:Evangelist biography
Subject:Robert Gribble
Publisher:W. Yapp
Library:Brethren Archive

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After giving several excuses, a shoemaker attended a meeting where he listened to the message of the gospel and was deeply affected. He surrendered his life to Christ and became a new creature, able to persevere through trials.
Poor old George was a blind and almost deaf fellow who having received Christ into his life gave sacrificially—and without fail—from his meagre income to support the work of God. His earthly disabilities only created a longing for heaven where he will be truly free to worship His savior.
A believer who had become proud, conceited, and then had backslidden was restored to fellowship with His Savior by the convicting power of God's word.
A poor waggoner named Richard was returning home from work one evening when he was led to pray, while yet an unbeliever for his salvation. That same evening, Richard's ready heart, gladly received the gospel.
While dressing one day, Robert Gribble felt deeply impressed to go preach, that same day, at a village called Chittlehamholt. Obeying this impulse, he set out with the help of one who knew the place and on arriving found a great reception to the message of salvation he brought. With the benefit of hindsight he became sure that it was God who led him there!
Once known for her carefulness, and trouble about many worldly things like Martha in the Bible, a mother of two who finds the Lord becomes a new creature. And in place of her former character was a newfound generous hospitality.
A man who came to mock the sacred things of God was convicted by God. He converted the next day.
A woman who invited Robert Gribble into her neighborhood becomes the first to enjoy the blessing of the Lord in regard to his visit demonstrating Matthew 10:13.
Mr. W. M. was at the end of his life, but he had not yet given his life to Christ, because he thought his sin was too great to be forgiven by God. Through conversation with evangelist Robert Gribble, Mr. M came to the understanding that Christ forgave completely, and he found peace in Christ.
On the day Anne was baptized, George, her unbelieving husband was filled with rage and said many hurtful things to her. But Anne, full of faith, did not retaliate but instead asked that he be converted within a week. The very next day a great miracle happened.
Robert Grible writes about the simple, but beautiful and exemplary harmony and brotherly love that existed between himself and John M., a poor neighbor of his. Both men who were believers in God, showed each other kindness and lived in peace.
On two separate occassions, John alone by himself and with two other friends on the second occasion were led to give to women in need out of the little they had and were also blessed to receive in return.
Four individuals fiercely opposed the preaching of God's gospel and committed themselves to hindering its progress in their community. They did so until each one of them died an unfortunate death.
A man who had been "thoroughly immersed in sporting, and other worldly amusements" received the Lord and became a preacher. This was the result of the tireless confidence of his sister who was the only Christian in the whole community for a period; eventually, numerous people in the community converted and a church was erected.
Robert Gribble was moved to change his residence, he obeyed and was led to a village that had a great need for the gospel. He reached the unreached with the Gospel of Christ, by the end of his seven years' stay, he had introduced the gospel to five different places and between eighty to hundred people had converted.
Robert Gribble sacrificially gives his last halfpenny to a bigger who came to beg for bread one morning. On another occasion he sends provisions to a brother in need. On both occasions, he was blessed to receive more than he had given.
Robert Gribble was directed by the Lord to join a friend on a (preaching) tour, leaving his wife and children without a dime. He obeyed, and the good Lord took care of his family in his absence.
A very discouraged Mr. Gribble was comforted by the timely recital of scriptures by his children at breakfast, as well as the scripture reading and hymn for that morning which turned what seemed to be his most trying moment into a most happy one.
After his wife's sad demise, every single expense to be incurred as a result of her funeral was provided beforehand. Robert Gribble placed his trust in the Lord and his needs were met by people he did not know and had never seen.
In a simple display of brotherly love, Robert Gribble shared in the financial blessings of a brother in Christ who came to visit him at a time he was in need.
With not enough money to pay his way home, the good Lord, in answer to Mr. Gribble's prayer, caused what was an initially disappointing circumstance to be used for his deliverance.
An unusually cold winter had caused the Gribbles to exhaust their supply of coal in a shorter than usual time. But as the father pondered on his family's need, he received a letter from a brother he only met accidentally six months prior and with whom he had never corresponded. This brother's letter was God's timely provision in their hour of need.
Mr. Robert Gribble was blessed to have the scripture “Before they call I will answer, and while they are yet speaking I will hear” come to pass in his life when the Lord met a need of his while he was yet out praying.