“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
He who seriously seeks to be saved both from the power and the punishment of sin and seeks deliverance only through Christ, should by no means give way to heaviness of heart. For consider:
- Are you a lost sinner? Christ’s salvation is brought to such.
- Are you seeking His salvation? This is a good token that Christ has sought you, else you would not seek after Him.
Whom Christ seeks He saves. Now, therefore, call upon Him earnestly to set up His kingdom in your bosom and say to yourself, “O my soul, the very purpose which brought Christ into the world was to save sinners circumstanced just as I am! Though my sins be as scarlet, yea though they be as red as crimson, be not cast down, O my soul, and be not disquieted within me; but encourage a cheerful hope in my covenant God.”
While mourning over your sins, consider the infinite love of Christ in dying for them; and constrained by a sense of that love, pray earnestly for the grace of the Holy Spirit, that you may live to the Divine glory, accompanying your petitions with a diligent use of all the means that may conduce to this important end.
Believe the word, and you will come to Jesus.
Believe in Jesus, and you will enjoy peace.
Believe, and you are safe.
Believe, and you will soon be happy.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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