Saturday, August 19, 2017

Rutherford: the trial of faith

Saturday, August 19, 2017
    For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
    —1 Timothy 4:8 (KJV)
    Grace tried is better than grace, and it is more than grace, it is glory in its infancy. I now see godliness is more than the outside and this world’s passments and their buskings [i.e., ornaments and fine dress]. Who knoweth the truth of grace without a trial? Oh how little getteth Christ of us, but that which he winneth (to speak so,) with much toil and pains! And how soon would faith freeze without a cross?
    ... Samuel Rutherford (1600-1664), Letters of Samuel Rutherford, Edinburgh: William Whyte & Co., 1848, letter, Jan. 1, 1637, p. 135 (see the book)
    See also 1 Tim. 4:8; Rom. 12:12; 1 Tim. 6:6; Heb. 12:5-11; 2 Pet. 1:5-7
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, save us from our inclination to sin.
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