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"What do you have¬óthat you have not received?" 1 Cor. 4:7
What grace do you have¬óthat you have not received?
All the light,
and all the life,
and all the love,
and all the joy,
and all the fear,
and all the faith,
and all the hope,
and all the patience,
and all the humility, etc.,
that you have¬óare all grace gifts¬óthey are all
from God. "Every good gift and every perfect
gift is from above, and comes down from the
Father of lights." James 1:17
A man should never look upon his graces¬óbut should
be ready to say, "These are the jewels of glory with
which God has bespangled my soul!"
Look! as all light flows from the sun, and all water from
the sea¬óso all temporal, spiritual, and eternal good flows
from God. All your graces, and the greatest excellencies
which are in you, do as much depend upon God, as the
light does upon the sun, or as the rivers do upon the sea,
or as the branches do upon the root, John 15:1-5.
All the springs of comfort that I have communicated to my
soul, and all the springs of grace that I have to quicken me,
they are all from God. A Christian's graces are all such
flowers of paradise as never grew in nature's garden. Now,
when a Christian looks thus upon all those costly diamonds
of grace, with which his soul is bedecked, he keeps humble,
though his graces are high.
Dear hearts, when you look upon the stream, remember
the fountain; when you look upon the flower, remember
the root; and whenever you look upon your graces, then
be sure to remember Christ the fountain of grace. When
one of your eyes is fixed upon your graces¬ólet the other
be always fixed upon Christ the fountain of grace. "Indeed,
we have all received grace after grace from His fullness."
Grace is strengthened, maintained, nourished, and upheld
in your souls¬óin life and power, in beauty and glory¬óby
the spiritual, powerful, and glorious operations of Christ!
Christians, your graces are holy and heavenly plants
of Christ's own planting and watering! It is Christ alone
who can cause your graces to blossom, and your souls to
be like a watered garden¬ógreen and flourishing! Therefore
let the eye of your souls be firstly, mostly, and chiefly
fixed upon Christ.