Friday, March 16, 2012

Newton: assurance of victory

Friday, March 16, 2012
    Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
    —Matthew 5:10 (NIV)
    The life of faith is a happy life, and if attended with conflicts, there is an assurance of victory; if we sometimes get a wound, there is healing balm near at hand; if we seem to fall, we are raised again; and if tribulations abound, consolations shall abound likewise.
    ... John Newton (1725-1807), from a letter, 1773, Letters by The Rev. John Newton of Olney and St. Mary Woolnoth, Josiah Bull, ed., London: Religious Tract Society, ca. 1860, p. 134 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You heal me of all wrongs.
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