Union with Christ
October 21, 2012 2 Comments
Thou hast made man for the glory of thyself, and when not an instrument of that glory, he is a thing of nought;
No sin is greater than the sin of unbelief, for if union with Christ is the greatest good, unbelief is the greatest sin, as being cross to thy command;
I see that whatever my sin is, yet no sin is like disunion from Christ by unbelief.
Lord, keep me from committing the greatest sin in departing from him, for I can never in this life perfectly obey and cleave to Christ.
When thou takest away my outward blessings, it is for sin, in no acknowledging that all that I have is of thee, in not serving thee through what I have, in making myself secure and hardened.
Lawful blessings are the secret idols, and do most hurt; the greatest injury is in the heaving, the greatest good isn the taking away.
In love divest me of blessings that I may glorify thee the more; remove the fuel of my sin, and may I prize the gain of a little holiness as overbalancing all my losses.
The more I love thee with a truly gracious love the more I desire to love thee, and the more miserable I am at my want of love;
The more I hunger and thirst after thee, the more I faint and fail in finding thee,
The more my heart is broken for sin, the more I pray it may be far more broken.
My great evil is that I do not remember the sins of my youth, nay, the sins of one day I forget the next. Keep me from all things that turn to unbelief or lack of felt union with Christ.