Tuesday, August 04, 2015

The Least Measure of Grace

Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And God saw that the earth was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted its ways upon the earth.
—Genesis 6:11-12
For righteous ones, a light now dawns,
and joy for those upright in heart.
Be glad, you righteous in the Lord;
thanks to God's holy Name impart!
—Psalm 97:11-12
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When this perishable body puts on imperishability, and this mortal body puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will be fulfilled: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
—1 Corinthians 15:54-57
Since there is such comfort where there is a little truth of grace, that it will be so victorious, let us often try what God has wrought in us, search our good as well as our ill, and be thankful to God for the least measure of grace, more than for any outward thing. It will be of more use and comfort than all this world which passes away and comes to nothing. Yea, let us be thankful for that promised and assured victory which we may rely on without presumption, as Paul does: But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. See a flame in a spark, a tree in a seed. See great things in little beginnings. Look not so much to the beginning as to the perfection, and so we shall be, in some degree, joyful in ourselves, and thankful to Christ.
—Richard Sibbes
Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, I commit all my ways unto thee. I turn my soul over to thy keeping. I pledge my life to thy service. May this day be for me a day of obedience and of charity, a day of happiness and of peace. May all my walk and conversation be such as becometh the gospel of Christ. Amen.
—John Baillie

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