“There is no fool like the sinner,
who prefers the toys of earth to the happiness of heaven;
who is held in bondage by the foolish customs of the world,
and is more afraid of the breath of man,
than of the wrath of God.”
The passions of discontent, pride, and envy–exert
themselves in each of us. We are fallen into a state
of gross idolatry–and SELF is the idol we worship!
The principle of SELF is deep-rooted in every heart,
and is the spring of every action–until grace infuses
a new principle, and SELF, like Dagon, falls before
the Lord Almighty!
From the Letters of John Newton
I compare the troubles which we have to undergo in the course of the year to a great bundle of fagots, far too large for us to lift. But God does not require us to carry the whole at once. He mercifully unties the bundle, and gives us first one stick, which we are to carry today, and then another, which we are to carry tomorrow, and so on. This we might easily manage, if we would only take the burden appointed for each day; but we choose to increase our troubles by carrying yesterday’s stick over again today, and adding tomorrow’s burden to the load, before we are required to bear it.
“My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things:
That I am a great sinner and that Christ is a great Savior.”