Friday, February 4, 2011

Mercy, Power, Glory

So it behoves us, if we would have Christ for a frequent guest, to fill our hearts with faithful meditations on the mercy He showed in dying for us, and on His mighty power in rising again from the dead. To this David testified when he sang, ‘God spake once, and twice I have also heard the same; that power belongeth unto God; and that Thou, Lord, art merciful (Ps. 62.11f). And surely there is proof enough and to spare in that Christ died for our sins and rose again for our justification, and ascended into heaven that He might protect us from on high, and sent the Holy Spirit for our comfort. Hereafter He will come again for the consummation of our bliss. In His Death He displayed His mercy, in His Resurrection His power; both combine to manifest His glory.
- St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153), On Loving God, Chapter III (H/T: T19)


Anonymous said...

Hi Matt,

I hope your month off has been good. A break now and then (from those things which we are able to halt) is always healthy. I have not heard this passage before, but it recalled to mind one of my favorite hymns.

"O hope of every contrite heart, O joy of all the meek, To those who fall, how kind thou art! How good to those who seek!
Jesus our only joy be thou, As thou our prize wilt be, Jesus be thou our glory now, and through eternity."

I hope your last months of school go very well for you.

God bless you, Matt


Matt Perkins said...

Thanks Scarlet. Great to have you commenting again!