Wednesday, 20 June 2012

What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits?

Some lovely stuff from John Newton in a letter from October 1787.

'What shall we render unto the Lord for all his benefits? Ourselves surely. At best it is a poor return; but let us give him the whole. Two methods he points to to us, by which to show our gratitude...
1. That we make his bounty to us the pattern and the motive of our bounty towards our fellow creatures, and that we devote and employ our time and talents, in every possible way, according to our situation,  to promote the good of others. That we live no more to ourselves, but aim at being useful and subservient to his merciful designs.
2. That we show forth the power of his grace, and the tendency of the Gospel, by a spiritual,  humble, meek and holy conversation, by watching unto prayer, that our tongues, our tempers, our pursuits, may all bear witness for us to his praise, that we have received the grace of God in truth, and that our light may so shine before men, that he may be glorified.'
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