Monday, February 7, 2011

Beware of Pride

C.J. Mahaney recently posted an article title When Humility is Pride which was helpful as he told the story of Rev. Joshua Symonds and his struggle with the atoning work of Christ for sinners. Praise God for a friend like John Newton who challenged Symonds in this area of his life. Newton told Symonds:

"You say, you find it hard to believe it compatible with the divine purity to embrace or employ such a monster as yourself. You express not only a low opinion of yourself, which is right, but too low an opinion of the person, work, and promises of the Redeemer; which is certainly wrong."

As we see our condition as sinners in light of God's holiness we can tend to feel self-pity but this is a dangerous place to sit. C.J. Mahaney gives us a great reminder of the power of Christ in his comforting words:

"We find no eternal hope within ourselves. Revisiting personal depravity is not the solution. Revisiting past periods of spiritual strength is not the solution. Prolonged introspection is not the solution. The solution is to look outside of ourselves, and to gaze again and again at the all-sufficient Savior who welcomes sinners, forgives sinners, and saves sinners to the uttermost (Hebrews 7:25).

In other words, Christ is powerful to save, he is faithful to save, and he is willing to save even the most 'monstrous' of sinners."

To read the entire article click here.

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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