Thursday, June 23, 2011

I am what I am

"But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain..." 1 Corinthians 15:10

"I am not what I ought to be - ah, how imperfect and deficient! I am not what I wish to be - I abhor what is evil, and I would cleave to what is good! I am not what I hope to be - soon, soon shall I put off mortality, and with mortality all sin and imperfection. Yet, though I am not what I ought to be, nor what I wish to be, nor what I hope to be, I can truly say, I am not what I once was - a slave to sin and Satan; and I can heartily join with the apostle and acknowledge, "By the grace of God, I am what I am."

- John Newton (As quoted in The Christian Pioneer (1856) edited by Joseph Foulkes Winks, p. 84.)

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