Thursday, March 10, 2011

J.C. Ryle on the Mercy of God

     As we battle through life in this world, we need to be reminded of the mercy of God for us!  The 19th century giant J. C. Ryle describes God's heart for His children very well in his Expository Thoughts on the Gospel: Mark. p. 86,
The Lord Jesus is very empathetic and full of tender mercy. “As a father pities his children, even so the Lord pities those who fear Him.” (Psalm 103:13.) He does not deal with believers according to their sins, nor reward them according to their iniquities. He sees their weakness. He is aware of their short-comings. He knows all the defects of their faith, and hope, and love, and courage. And yet He will not cast them off. He bears with them continually. He loves them even to the end. He raises them when they fall. He restores them when they err. His patience, like His love, is a patience that passes knowledge. When He sees a heart right, it is His glory to pass over many a short-coming.

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