Tag: Righteousness

Have you received Him?

A.B. Simpsonby A.B. Simpson

That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us —Romans 8:4

Do you know the mistake you may be making? You may be saying: “It is not possible for me to be good; no one ever was perfect, and it is no use for me to try.” I agree with the first sentence, “No one ever was perfect.” But I cannot agree with the second, “There is no use in trying.”

There is a divine righteousness available to you. I don’t mean merely that which pardons your sins-I believe that, too, but I mean far more. I mean the righteousness that comes into your soul and unites itself with the fibers of your being. I mean Christ-your life, your purity-who makes you feel as He feels, think as He thinks, love as He loves, hate as He hates, and [partake] of the divine nature. That is God’s righteousness-that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, not by us but in us.

it is not our hands and feet merely, but our very instincts, our very desires, our very natures springing up in harmony with His own. Have you received Him? He will come and fulfill all right things in you if today you will open your heart.

by A.B. Simpson

 

Because the Lord loves you

John Newtonby John Newton

Letters of John Newton

“For the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and chastises every son whom He receives.” Hebrews 12:6

“Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline.” Revelation 3:19

My Dear Friend,

Because the Lord loves you–He appoints trials for you. Like most effectual medicines, they are neither pleasant to the taste nor in their operation, when first taken–but afterwards they yield a harvest of righteousness and peace. He sends them not for His own pleasure, but for our profit.

He could relieve you in a moment, but He does not. The plain inference is, that it is good, it is best for us to be afflicted!

I have had my trials, and I can from experience bear testimony to His all-sufficiency and faithfulness.

He does all things well. How can He who is infinitely wise and good, do otherwise?

“My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline and do not resent His rebuke, because the LORD disciplines those He loves, as a father the son he delights in.” Proverbs 3:11-12

by John Newton