Wednesday, December 10, 2008

"If a mariner is surprised by a storm, and after one night spent in jeopardy is presently brought safe into port; though he may rejoice in his deliverance, it will not affect him so sensibly as if, after being tempest-tossed for a long season and experiencing a great number and variety of hairbreadth escapes, he at last gains the desired haven. The righteous are said to be scarcely saved, not with respect to the certainty of the event, for the purpose of God in their favor cannot be disappointed, but in respect of their own apprehensions and the great difficulties they are brought through. But when, after a long experience of their own deceitful hearts, after repeated proofs of their weakness, willfulness, ingratitude, and insensibility, they find that none of these things can separate them from the love of God in Christ. Jesus becomes more and more precious to their souls. They love much because much has been forgiven them. They dare not, they will not, ascribe anything to themselves, but are glad to acknowledge that they must have perished (if possible) a thousand times over, if Jesus had not been their Savior, their Shepherd, and their Shield. When wandering He brought them back, when fallen He raised them, when wounded He healed them, when fainting He revived them……”

Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus…..

John Newton - Photo from the Internet


Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Fred :)

Very interesting post!

To take a story direct from the Bible, Mary Magdelene lived in sin and when apprehended and brought to Jesus for punishment, He forgave her.

That is the greatness of Jesus. He will forgive even the worst sinners and will rejoice in their reformation. He is more concerned about one lost sheep rather than the 99 which are with HIM.

Your photo is electrifying.

Have a wonderful day :)

Mel said...

Praise God, Fred! The photo IS elecrifying (good word, Joseph) and a perfect compliment to this truth-filled post!

FCB said...

Hi Joseph,
That is a good Biblical application to this post, and one of my favorites.
Glad you liked the picture.

Hi Mel,
Thanks for your hearty "amen". Glad you liked the photo as well.
God bless,