âBy the grace of God I am what I am!â
– 1 Corinthians 15:10
The true Christian is sensible and mindful of indwelling sin. He confesses that in everything he comes exceedingly short, and that his best services are not only defective â but defiled.
He accounts himself as an unprofitable servant â and is abased in his own eyes.
He knows that all that distinguishes him from the vilest of men â is the free grace of God!
He derives all his hope and comfort, as well as his strength â from Jesus, whom he has known, received and loved, and to whom he has committed his soul.
He renounces all confidence in the flesh, and esteems all things as loss â compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Jesus Christ his Lord, for whose sake he has lost all things â considering them rubbish, that he may gain Christ!
From the Letters of John Newton