Grace much more

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I can feelingly say, he has proved himself stronger than I and his goodness superior to all my unworthiness. 

He tells me (and enables me to believe it) that I am fair, and there is no spot in me.  Though an enemy, he calls me his friend; though a traitor, a child; though a beggared prodigal, he clothes me with the best robe and has put a ring of endless love and mercy on my hand.  And though I am sorely distressed by spiritual and internal foes, afflicted, tormented and bowed down almost to death with the sense of my own present barrenness, ingratitude and proneness to evil, he secretly shows me his bleeding wounds and softly and powerfully whispers to my soul, ‘I am thy great salvation.’  His free distinguishing grace is the bottom on which is fixed the rest of my poor weary tempted soul.   On this I ground my hope, often times when unsupported by any other evidence, save only the Spirit of adoption received from him.  When my dry and empty barren soul is parched with thirst, he kindly bids me come to him and drink my fill at the fountainhead.  In a word, he empowers me to say with experiential evidence, ‘Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.’ Amen and amen.”

Joseph Hart (1712-1768), quoted in Peter C. Rae, “Joseph Hart and His Hymns,” Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 6 (1988): 22-23.

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  1. “I can feelingly say, he has proved himself stronger than I and his goodness superior to all my unworthiness. ” Amen! It is true! Liz said this on Facebook the other day: “There is nothing, NOTHING, that can take the place of meeting with the One and Only holy Almighty God in a state of humble nakedness, where all our wretchedness is forgotten in the light of His face and tender mercy.” Oh, how grace abounds! Thanks for this, Sweet T ♥

  2. Marianne

    “His free distinguishing grace is the bottom on which is fixed the rest of my poor weary tempted soul.” And I long for His return, for Him to make right what is wrong and that our ability to sin be removed forever. Until then He has left His Word to sustain us. Thank you Teresa for this encouragement. ❤

  3. “a ring of endless love and mercy…” I struggle with the love of God — with BELIEVING that He loves me — perhaps more than anything else. It is, I think, at the base of every other struggle I face. Hart’s words are very healing to me. Thank you so very much for posting them. And thank You Father, for directing me here today.

    • Teresa

      I struggle with believing this too, I am so thankful God led you to this today my friend. It was a balm to my soul, so glad it was the same for you 🙂

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