A note for preachers

Here’s a powerful quote from John Chrysostom (nicknamed Golden Tongue for his preaching abilities):

“when you applaud me as I speak, I feel at that moment as it is nature for a man to feel. I am delighted and overjoyed. And then when I go home and reflect that the people who have been applauding me have received no benefit, and indeed that whatever benefit they might have had has been killed by the applause and praises, I am sore at heart, and I lament and fall to tears, and I feel as though I had spoken altogether in vain, and I say to myself, What is the good of all your labours seeing that your hearers don’t want to reap any fruit out of all that you say?”

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