Friday, March 25, 2022

Newton: assurance of victory

Friday, March 25, 2022
    Feast of the Annunciation of our Lord to the Virgin Mary
    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)
    See also Matt. 5:10-12; Ps. 36:7-8; 2 Cor. 12:10; Phil. 1:29-30; 1 Thess. 2:1-2; Heb. 10:32-33; 1 Pet. 3:14; 4:12-13
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You heal me of all wrongs.
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