Monday, April 26, 2010

A Broken Spirit

"We ought always to feel as those who, having been justified through the goodness of God through Christ, are assure that God is reconciled to us if we will but cast ourselves on his mercy, and that he is willing to give us every blessing we can desire. But among these blessings, we ought to remember there are several which may seem likely at the time, at least at these in an increasing tenderness of conscience, an increasing sense of the guilt of sin and of our own sinfulness and weakness. This will, at first, increase our nomination and contrition, and make it rise at times even to self-abhorrence; but, blessed be God! There are are promises in abundance, and I am sure I say blessed be God for them, to those who are in this very state of mind: 'The Lord is night unto them that are of a broken heart, and will save such as are of a contrite spirit,' etc., etc.

Even David was instructed to say this in Psalm 34, but how much more confidently we may speak thus, when we consider the atoning blood of Christ. In this frame and spirit let us cast ourselves at the foot of the Cross, and assure ourselves of the mercy and loving kindness of him who has declared 'Them that come unto me I will in no wise cast out.' Who else are the poor in spirit, the lambs, whom Christ will carry in his bosom, but those who feel in this very way?" (William Wilberforce, 365 Days with Wilberforce)

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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