TDR: 30 July (1 Corinthians 1:31)

‘Let him who boasts boast in the Lord’ (1 Corinthians 1:31)

IT is wrong to boast in ourselves, our heritage, our possessions, our connections, or our achievements; if we boast it must always be in the Lord. We must glory in Him as gracious and merciful, always exercising loving-kindness and tender mercies in the earth; in what He is to His people, their God, their portion, and their Friend; in what He has for us, has already given to us, and will without doubt still bestow upon us.

In Christ, as crucified for our sins, raised for our justification, and ascended to heaven in order to plead our cause, and take possession of the kingdom in our names. In our relation to Him, interest in Him, and oneness with Him, this is our boast, that we are one with Christ, and one with the Father through Him. That we are heirs of God and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ; that all things are for our sakes, that the abundant grace might, through the thanksgiving of many, may resound to the glory of God.

Dear friends, let us glory in the Lord, in His free grace, His eternal love, His well-ordered covenant, His precious promises, His splendid mansions, and His glorious name.

In Christ my full salvation stands,
In Him alone my glorying be;
Nothing shall pluck me from His hands,
From condemnation I am free:
Be holiness my costly dress,
And my best robe His righteousness.

THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)

Journal Jottings

‘Blessed be God I have some peace in believing, and if ever I longed for the conversion of sinners it is now. An enemy is stirred up to try to injure me, and that enemy is a man that owes me much, in more ways than one. I have done him good, and not evil, and I would have done him more good if he would have allowed me. Foolish man, I pity him. I pray for him. I am exceedingly sorry for his family; I fear he will bring them to absolute want. I thank God, I feel nothing towards him but pity and sorrow. Satan will be beaten.’