“God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” Galatians 6:14
A true believer has nothing to glory in but Christ alone. Even in his very best performances, he will be often deeply humbled and cry out, “Lord, enter not into judgment.” And well he may; for the ground of our glory, comfort, and salvation, is not in works — but in Christ and the free grace of God — who, for His Son’s sake, lays nothing to our charge — but daily covers and pardons all our iniquities. And thus believers, walking steadily, might always be kept in solid peace. For the cross of Christ is a solid and unshaken foundation. It is the only thing in which the believer may safely glory and to which he may ever turn with unfailing confidence, as a sure refuge alike in prosperity or adversity.
The cross of Jesus! Be the subject of my meditation, the theme of my song, the joy of my heart, my plea at the throne of grace, and my comfort in the hour of death. By the cross of Jesus, I conquer Satan, overcome the world, obtain pardon, enjoy peace, and hope for everlasting life. If I rest on anything, it shall be the cross; if I glory in anything, it shall be the cross.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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