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Questions for the Heart

“Unto you, therefore, which believe, he is precious.”  1 Peter 2:7.

Reader, put these few following questions to thine own heart, as in the presence of God: if thou canst answer them affirmatively, doubt not thy real interest in him, and in his great salvation.  Is the Lord Jesus Christ precious to me, as he is to all that believe?  Once he was to me without form or comeliness, and I saw no beauty in him; is he now to me the chiefest of ten thousands, yea, altogether lovely?  Do I behold an infinite amiableness and glory in his person, a transcendent excellency in his righteousness, and inexhausted fulness in his grace, and a heaven of happiness in his love?   Do  I esteem him above every  name, love him  above  every  creature  and  thing, and  value an  interest in him before ten thousand worlds; is the language of my soul, “none but Christ, none but Christ? Whom have I in heaven but thee? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides thee?”  Is all the world, all that is admired in it, esteemed by me as dung, and beheld with the greatest contempt, when compared with a glorious Christ, the ravishing sweetness of his love, and the unsearchable riches of his grace?  Do I wish nothing so ardently, seek nothing so diligently, and rejoice in nothing so greatly, as to win Christ, and be found in him?  Be this my portion; and I can say, I want, I wish, I ask no more.

 In vain I seek for rest
In all created good;
It leaves me yet unblest,
And makes me pant for God.
And sure at rest I cannot be,
Until my heart find rest in thee.
(A Golden Treasury ~ March 5)

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