“If any man love God, the same is known of him.” (I Corinthians 8:3)
Of the Christian, William Jay writes:
The Lord knows their condition: knows all their walking through this great wilderness; knows all their trials; knows the pressure of every burden they bear; knows their frame, and remembers that they are dust.
He perceives all their dangers. Their enemies may plot against them, but they do it in the sight of their Father and Friend.
And as to their persons, the Lord knoweth them that are his. He never overlooks them in the crowd. If there was only one of them in a village, or city, or nation, he would have his eye upon him.
However misrepresented and reproached, he recognizes them as upright before him. However obscure their condition, he views them as the excellent of the earth. However little their faith, he watches the tears with which they cry, “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” However encompassed with infirmities, which sometimes perplexes others, he who knows what is the mind of the Spirit, knows that they love him.
We can only judge of motives by actions, but God judges actions by motives. He seeth the heart; in consequence of which, in estimating the services of his people, he admits into the amount not only all they do, but all they design to do, and wish to do when hindered; and accepts them according to what they have, and not according to what they have not.
William Jay – Excerpt taken from Morning Exercises – October 28
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