Pithy gems from John Newton #4

Abominations, like nests of vipers, lie quietly in us—until the rod of affliction arouses them. Then they hiss and show their venom! This discovery is indeed very distressing; yet, until it is made, we are prone to think ourselves much less vile than we really are, and cannot so heartily abhor ourselves, and repent in dust and ashes.

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A deep sense of indwelling sin is essential to humble living.

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I have reason to praise Him for my trials, for most probably I would have been ruined without them!

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To see Him as He is, and to be like Him! This is worth dying for—and worth living for!

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People do their country more service by pleading for it in prayer—than by finding fault with things they have no power to alter!

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Prosperity may cause us to rise in the world—but affliction is needful to raise us above the world!

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If you desire additional reading, you may want to re-read the following:

Pithy gems from John Newton #1

Pithy gems from John Newton #2

Pithy gems from John Newton #3