The World Should See Something Different in Us

Quoting John Bunyan . . .

The believer is the only person by whom God shows to the world the power of His grace and the operation of His people’s faith. The unbelievers read indeed of the power of grace; of the faith, hope, love, peace, and satisfaction of the heart of the Christian; but they feel nothing of that sin-killing operation that is in these things; these are to them as a story of Rome or Spain. Wherefore to show them in others, what they find is not in themselves; God works faith, hope, and love in a generation that shall serve Him; and by them they shall see what they cannot find in themselves, and by this means they shall be convinced, that though sin, and the pleasures of this life, be sweet to them, yet there is a people otherwise minded. Even such a people as these, that do indeed see the glory of that which others read of and from that sight take pleasure in those things which others read of and from that sight take pleasure in those things which they are most averse unto. To this, I say are Christians called; herein is God glorified; hereby are sinners convinced: and by this the world condemned.
From: Christian Behavior: The Fruits of True Christianity, 1674

(HT: Old Truth)

Peter serves as a pastor-teacher, at home and abroad, resourcing gospel-centred communities.

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