Sunday, November 27, 2016

Paradoxes

O Changeless God,
Under the conviction of thy Spirit I learn that
            the more I do, the worse I am,
            the more I know, the less I know, 
            the more holiness I have, the more sinful I am,
            the more I love, the more there is to love.
O Lord, how little I love your truth and ways

I neglect prayer,
           thinking I have prayed enough,
           assuming the spirit will intercede anyway
           knowing you have saved me.

Let me not be a hypocrite
           who sins because grace abounds,
           who tells my desires and lusts that Christ’s blood cleanses them,
           who reasons that God cannot cast me into hell for I am already saved,
           who loves preaching and churches, but lives unholily.

Lord, help me to have spiritual understanding
To learn and also live the truth of the gospel
Let my conscience drive me to conviction and contrition
Let my will be resolute and not wavering
Let my heart overflow with affection
Let me learn the lessons you teach
Let me live and rejoice in your grace

Amen




(Very adapted & altered from The Valley of Vision, ed. Arthur Bennett, Banner of Truth Trust, 1975, p128-9) 

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