“God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood — we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son — much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” Romans 5:8-10
Here I have much more reason to cry out than Moses, “He loves the people!” (Deuteronomy 33:3). But here I must beseech You too, O Lord — that this infinite gift of Your Son may appear to me, greater and greater every day; and that Your love, shining out in His redemption, may go on so to increase in my soul, as to disperse all hard thoughts of Your goodness. Whenever a slanderous spirit tries to lift up his head, grant that my faith and love may be quickened and strengthened in such a manner, as heartily to praise Your great love, in spite of all his suggestions. This is the chief desire which I offer unto You in all my prayers, night and day.
The lack of faith and love, I am sensible, is still my greatest need. My soul is like a large empty vessel; but I pray You to fill it speedily, notwithstanding any opposition that may be made by my unrenewed part.
O to be emptied of self — and filled with Christ!
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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