A minister lay dying in Scotland. A fellow-minister called to see him, and inquired, “Well, my brother, what are you doing?”
“Doing?” answered the dying servant of God. “Doing? I will tell you: I am gathering together all my prayers and sermons, all my good deeds and bad deeds–and am going to throw them all overboard together, and swim to glory on the plank of free grace!“
“We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved!” Acts 15:11
“It is by God’s grace that you have been saved!” Ephesians 2:5
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“My Beloved is mine–and I am His!” Song of Solomon 2:16
“My Beloved is mine!” He is . . .
- the Savior in whom I believe and trust;
- the Husband whom I reverence and love;
- the Lord whom I adore and obey;
- the portion on which I live; and
- the beloved One upon whom my heart and affections are set.
“And I am His!”
(James Smith, “Comfort for Christians!”)
“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us! God is love.” (1 John 4:16)
The sweeter the truth–the more backward we often are to receive and believe it. Therefore it must be presented to us again and again. What is more pleasant, than the fact that “God is love”?
Yet so quickly we doubt it, or forget it, or fail to realize it. Therefore the Gospel presents it to us again and again, and in almost every possible form. Twice within the scope of a few verses, John tells us that “God is love” (1 John 4:8,16).
(Thomas Sherman, “Aids to the Divine Life–A Series of Practical Christian Contemplations” 1680)
“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” 2 Corinthians 7:10
As sin is the greatest evil–so sorrow for sin is the greatest sorrow.
Godly sorrow in a saint is the greatest sorrow, being that which flows from faith, whereby we see sin to be the greatest evil–as exemplified in the crucified Savior!
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(J. R. Miller, “In Green Pastures”)
There is a silent personal influence, like a shadow, which goes out from everyone–and this influence is always leaving results and impressions wherever it touches. You cannot live a day–and not touch some other life. Wherever you go–your shadow falls on others, and they are either better or worse for your presence.
Our influence depends upon what we are–more than upon what we do. It is by living a beautiful life–that we bless the world. I do not under-estimate holy activities. Good deeds must characterize every true life. Our hands must do holy works. But if the life itself is noble, beautiful, holy, Christ-like, one that is itself a blessing and an inspiration–the worth of the influence is many times multiplied.
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“He will not break a bruised reed, and He will not put out a smoldering wick.”
What is weaker than the bruised reed–or the smoldering wick?
A reed that grows in the marsh–let but the wild duck land upon it, and it snaps; let but the foot of man brush against it, and it is bruised and broken; every wind that flits across the river–moves it to and fro. You can conceive of nothing more frail or brittle, or whose existence is more in jeopardy, than a bruised reed.
Then look at the smoldering wick–what is it? It has a spark within it, it is true–but it is almost smothered; an infant’s breath might blow it out; nothing has a more precarious existence than its flame. Continue reading
(James Smith) Your trials, though many, painful, and tedious–are but proofs of your heavenly Father’s love! They are sent in mercy–to convince you that this poor world is not your rest.
Your Father’s wisdom chose them,
His love sent them, and
His mercy will sanctify them to you!
Tried believer–are you looking to Jesus? He can hush the storm, and still the tempest. He is always near in trouble. Is your eye fixed upon Him? Does your heart repose on His tender love and faithful Word?