Of all mercies, pardoning mercy is
the most sweetening mercy. It is a mercy that makes all other
mercies look like mercies, and taste like mercies, and work like
mercies. He who has it cannot be miserable; he who wants it, cannot
A humble heart cannot be satisfied
with so much grace as will bring it to glory, with so much of heaven
as will keep it from dropping into hell; it is still crying out,
‘Give, Lord, give; give me more of thyself, more of thy Son, more of
thy Spirit; give me more light, more life, more love’.
Satan promises the best, but pays the
worst; he promises honour, and pays with disgrace; he promises
pleasure, and pays with pain; he promises profit and pays with loss;
he promises life, and pays with death. But God pays as he promises;
all his payments are made in pure gold.
Grace is a ring of gold, and
Christ is the sparkling diamond in that ring.
Oh how should the saints, that have
God for their portion, make their boast of their God, and rejoice in
their God, and glory in their God! Shall the men of the world glory
in an earthly portion, and shall not a saint glory in his heavenly
portion? Shall they glory in a portion that they have only in hope,
and shall not a Christian glory in that portion that he hath already
in hand? Shall they glory in a portion that they have only in
reversion, and shall not a saint glory in that portion which he hath
in present possession? Shall they glory in their hundreds and
thousands a year, and shall not a Christian glory in that God that
fills heaven and earth with his glory? In all the Scriptures there
is no one duty more pressed than this, of rejoicing in God; and
indeed, if you consider God as a saint’s portion, there is
everything in God that may encourage the soul to rejoice in him, and
there is nothing in God that may in the least discourage the soul
from rejoicing and glorying in him.
Weak saints are as much
united to Christ, as much justified by Christ, as much reconciled
by Christ, and as much pardoned by Christ,
as the strongest saints. He that looked upon the brazen serpent,
though with weak sight, was healed as thoroughly as he that looked
upon it with a stronger sight.
Private prayer is a golden key to
unlock the mysteries of the word unto us. The knowledge of many
choice and blessed truths are but the returns of private prayer. The
word dwells most richly in their hearts who are most in pouring out
of their hearts before God in their closets.