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Morning and Evening: 06/06

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OK, so raise your hand if you have ever thought of yourself as vile. Bad, sinner, wretch even. But vile? Don’t we tend to reserve vile for the most sick, twisted people. You know, the people that get headlines on Yahoo that we talk about in the office. There’s a reason they’re called “villains.” Spurgeon contemplates his own standing before a Holy and Righteous Judge as he thinks about Job’s response to God. Job–the patient and suffering Job–was anything but vile, right? If you and I can place ourselves before God’s holiness our darkness would be revealed like it was in Job’s case. But Spurgeon points out that Christ died for us in our sinfulness,

If divine grace does not eradicate all sin from the believer, how dost thou hope to do it thyself? and if God loves His people while they are yet vile, dost thou think thy vileness will prevent His loving thee? Believe on Jesus, thou outcast of the world’s society! Jesus calls thee, and such as thou art.

“Not the righteous, not the righteous;
Sinners, Jesus came to call.”
Job cried out, “I know that my Redeemer lives and that in the end he will stand upon the earth!” (Job 19:25) How can a vile man know that he’ll stand with his God unless his Redeemer makes him clean? Praise God that our Redeemer lives and is able to wash us clean of our vileness.
For those washed clean of all sin, they can know without doubt that they are a child of God. 

if we can give proof that we are following Jesus, if we can from the heart say, “I trust Him wholly, trust Him only, trust Him simply, trust Him now, and trust Him ever,” then the position which the saints of God hold belongs to us

Today as you ponder the wonder of knowing that you are God’s, consider it in the light of your vileness before him. Then consider the patience, love and mercy of God to even his beloved. His grace has saved us and regenerated us but his mercy is truly new this morning!

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