Your lovingkindness is before my eyes (Psalm 26.2)

Keeping God’s love before our eyes is, besides an intellectual matter, a great encouragement to us, for how often shall we need this!  We shall feel our lack of it under a sense of our guilt, unworthiness, and continued imperfections.  Nothing short of the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us by Jesus Christ will be able to relieve us – and this will relieve us, and effectually, too!  It will give us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, and boldness and access, with confidence, by the faith of Him.  And it will do all this without reconciling us to our sins or even our infirmities – yes, it will make us lament our deficiencies the more, grieving that we serve Him so little who loves us so much.  We shall need this encouragement in our afflictions.  And who can hope to escape these in a vale of tears?  Now, nothing is so desirable in our sufferings as to see not only the hand but the kindness of God in them.  For often, they look like the effects of His wrath and we tremble under them and cry, “Do not condemn me.  I could bear these trials if I thought they were only the strokes of a father’s rod, sent in love.”  And, they are sent in love.  They are only the strokes of a Father’s rod, laid hold of with reluctance and laid aside with pleasure. – William Jay (1769-1853)

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