Octavius Winslow was
born in London in August 1808 and died
in Brighton in March 1878. He is
buried in Abbey Cemetery
held pastorates in Leamington Spa, Bath
and Brighton, in all of which he
exercised a rich Christian
ministry. An increasing number of his writings are now becoming
which is good news indeed. There follows below a sweet savour of his
written in 1852 – full, as ever, of Christ.
It has been the distinctive aim, and the
sincere desire of my ministry – to make
known and to endear the Saviour to your hearts.
Oh, how worthy is He of your most exalted
conceptions, of your most implicit confidence, of your most
service, of your most fervent love!
When he could
– and the
fathomless depths of His love, and the boundless resources of His
not be satisfied by giving you less –
gave you Himself!
Robed in your nature, laden
with your curse,
oppressed with your sorrows, wounded for your transgressions, and slain
your sins – He gave His entire self for you!
His redeeming work now
finished – He is
perpetually engaged in meeting out blessings to His people, from the
exhaustless treasures of His love! He constantly woos your affection
your grief – and bids you repair with your daily
trials to His sympathy, and with your hourly guilt to His blood. You cannot in
your drafts upon Christ’s fullness, be too covetous; nor in your
of supply, be too extravagant! You may fail, as, alas! the
most of us do, in making too little of Christ – but you cannot
fail, in making
too much of Him!
It is utterly
Christ, and not become inspired with a desire to love
Him supremely, to serve
Him devotedly, to resemble Him
closely, to glorify Him faithfully
here, and to enjoy Him fully
become familiar with – and blessed from –
Winslow’s writings, but not sure where best to start, may be directed in
his Morning Thoughts and Evening
Thoughts. These are two magnificent
volumes of daily devotionals, put together from his writings by Winslow
himself, and published by