Sunday, September 20, 2015

M'Cheyne: the pleasures of forgiveness

Sunday, September 20, 2015
    Feast of John Coleridge Patteson, First Bishop of Melanesia, & his Companions, Martyrs, 1871
    [Paul:] “Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is justified from everything you could not be justified from by the law of Moses.”
    —Acts 13:38-39 (NIV)
    The pleasures of being forgiven are as superior to the pleasures of an unforgiven man, as heaven is higher than hell. The peace of being forgiven reminds me of the calm, blue sky, which no earthly clamours can disturb. It lightens all labour, sweetens every morsel of bread, and makes a sick bed all soft and downy—yea, it takes away the scowl of death. Forgiveness may be yours now. It is not given to those who are good. It is not given to any because they are less wicked than others. It is given only to those who, feeling that their sins have brought a curse on them, which they cannot lift off, ‘look unto Jesus,’ as bearing all away.
    ... Robert Murray M’Cheyne (1813-1843), Memoir and Remains of the Rev. Robert Murray M’Cheyne, Dundee: W. Middleton, 1845, p. 48 (see the book)
    See also Acts 13:38-39; Ps. 32:1-2; Matt. 11:29-30; 26:28; Acts 2:38; 5:31; Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:13-14; Heb. 12:2
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I am blessed by Your forgiveness.
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