Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Newton: feeble spark

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Many waters cannot quench love;
    rivers cannot wash it away.
If one were to give
    all the wealth of his house for love,
    it would be utterly scorned.
    —Song of Solomon 8:7 (NIV)
    The love I bear Christ is but a faint and feeble spark, but it is an emanation from Himself: He kindled it and He keeps it alive; and because it is His work, I trust many waters shall not quench it.
    ... John Newton (1725-1807), in a letter, 1776, The Works of the Rev. John Newton, v. I, New York: Williams and Whiting, 1810, p. 606 (see the book)
    See also Song of Solomon 8:7; 2 Cor. 5:14-15; 8:9; Gal. 2:20; Eph. 3:16-19; 5:2
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your hand has raised me from death.
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