Healed by Mercy

The Heart Healed and Changed by Mercy

Sin enslaved me many years,
And led me bound and blind;
Till at length a thousand fears
Came swarming o’er my mind.
“Where,” said I, in deep distress,
“Will these sinful pleasures end?
How shall I secure my peace,
And make the Lord my friend?”
Friends and ministers said much
The gospel to enforce;
But my blindness still was such,
I chose a legal course:
Much I fasted, watch’d and strove,
Scarce would shew my face abroad,
Fear’d almost to speak or move,
A stranger still to God.
Thus afraid to trust His grace,
Long time did I rebel;
Till despairing of my case,
Down at His feet I fell:
Then my stubborn heart He broke,
And subdued me to His sway;
By a simple word He spoke,
“Thy sins are done away.”

(William Cowper)

The Nature of Repentance

It was a rainy Saturday evening in Chattanooga, Tennessee.    I was a college student at the time, and a friend and I were driving around the unfamiliar city.  We were traveling down a hill toward an intersection and the light turned red.  I slammed on the brakes, and because of the conditions my truck spun around.  When we came to rest we were facing the opposite direction.  We had made a 180-degree change of direction.

I think that is an illustration of the Biblical idea of repentance.  Some people seem to do a 360-degree form of repentance.  They spin around completely and then proceed in the same direction.  But repentance is to be a change of direction.  A person who has truly repented will move a different direction than they had previously.

Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.” (Matthew 3:8, ESV)

Victorious Living

“Victorious living does not mean freedom from temptation.”
(E. Stanley Jones)

Rather, victorious living means FREEDOM FROM SIN FOR THOSE WHO ARE IN CHRIST JESUS!

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1–2, ESV)

The Law Commands

The Law commands and makes us know
What duties to our God we owe;
But ‘tis the Gospel must reveal
Where lies our strength to do His will.
The Law discovers guilt and sin,
And shows how vile our hearts have been;
Only the Gospel can express
Forgiving love and cleansing grace.
What curses doth the Law denounce
Against the man that fails but once!
But in the Gospel Christ appears
Pard’ning the guilt of num’rous years.
My soul, no more attempt to draw
Thy life and comfort from the Law;
Fly to the hope the Gospel gives;
The man that trusts the promise lives.

(Isaac Watts)