Tuesday, June 28, 2016
We cannot be reminded of this too often. Sadly, we are apt to forget that there is a close relationship between sin and sorrow, holiness and happiness, sanctification and comfort. God has so wisely ordered it, that our happiness and our holiness are linked together. He has mercifully provided that even in this world it will be to a person’s best interest to be holy.
Our justification is not by works, our calling and election are not according to our works, but it is vain for anyone to suppose that he will have a active sense of his justification, or an assurance of his calling, so long as he neglects good works, or does not strive to live a holy life.
A believer may just as soon expect to feel the sun’s rays on a dark and cloudy day, as to feel strong comfort and happiness in Christ while he does not completely follow Him. When the disciples deserted the Lord and fled, they escaped danger, but they were miserable and sad. But when, a little while later, they confessed Him boldly before men, they were cast into prison and beaten; Oh, for our own sakes, if there were no other reason, let us strive to be holy! They that follow Jesus most fully will always follow Him most happily.
[J. C. Ryle]
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Acts 5:41 ... And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.
1 John 1:3 ... That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
1 John 3:19 ... And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.❤