God’s Answer to Man’s Question

Man has always treated sin as a misfortune, not a crime; as disease, not
guilt; as a case for the physician, not for the judge. Herein lies the
essential faultiness of all mere human religions or theologies. They fail
to acknowledge the judicial aspect of the question, as that on which the
real answer must hinge; and to recognise the guilt or criminality of the
evil-doer as that which must first be dealt with before any real answer,
or approximation to an answer, can be given. God is a Father; but He is
no less a Judge. Shall the Judge give way to the Father, or the Father give
way to the Judge?

God loves the sinner; but He hates the sin. Shall He sink His love to the sinner
in His hatred of the sin, or His hatred of the sin in His love to the sinner?

Horatius Bonar, The Everlasting Righteousness

Ye are Christ’s. 1 Corinthians 3:23

Ye are Christ’s.
1 Corinthians 3:23
“Ye are Christ’s.” You are his by donation, for the Father gave you to the Son; his by his bloody purchase, for he counted down the price for your redemption; his by dedication, for you have consecrated yourself to him; his by relation, for you are named by his name, and made one of his brethren and joint-heirs. Labour practically to show the world that you are the servant, the friend, the bride of Jesus. When tempted to sin, reply, “I cannot do this great wickedness, for I am Christ’s.” Immortal principles forbid the friend of Christ to sin. When wealth is before you to be won by sin, say that you are Christ’s, and touch it not. Are you exposed to difficulties and dangers? Stand fast in the evil day, remembering that you are Christ’s. Are you placed where others are sitting down idly, doing nothing? Rise to the work with all your powers; and when the sweat stands upon your brow, and you are tempted to loiter, cry, “No, I cannot stop, for I am Christ’s. If I were not purchase
d by blood, I might be like Issachar, crouching between two burdens; but I am Christ’s, and cannot loiter.” When the siren song of pleasure would tempt you from the path of right, reply, “Thy music cannot charm me; I am Christ’s.” When the cause of God invites thee, give thy goods and thyself away, for thou art Christ’s. Never belie thy profession. Be thou ever one of those whose manners are Christian, whose speech is like the Nazarene, whose conduct and conversation are so redolent of heaven, that all who see you may know that you are the Saviour’s, recognizing in you his features of love and his countenance of holiness. “I am a Roman!” was of old a reason for integrity; far more, then, let it be your argument for holiness, “I am Christ’s!”

Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening

Desiring to praise God.

1 Almighty Author of my frame,
To thee my vital powers belong;
Thy praise, (delightful, glorious theme !)
Demands my heart, my life, my tongue.

2 My heart, my life, my tongue are thine :
Oh be thy praise their blest employ !
But may my song with Angels’ join?
Nor sacred awe forbid the joy ?

3 Thy glories, the seraphic lyre
On all its strings attempts in vain ;
Then how shall mortals dare aspire
In thought, to try th’ unequal strain ?

4 Yet the great Sovereign of the skies
To mortals bends a gracious ear ;
Nor the mean tribute will despise,
If offer’d with a heart sincere.

5 Great God, accept the humble praise,
And guide my heart, and guide my tongue,
While to thy name I trembling raise
The grateful, though unworthy song.

Anne Steele, Hymns, Psalms, and Poems