HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Psalm 116:12
Religion is nothing if it is not personal. I must be able to praise God my Saviour with my whole heart and voice, for His deliverance of me. To live in the midst of godly people, to know intellectually the doctrines of the Scripture — these are totally inadequate. I must love my Lord because He has inclined His ear unto me.
Religion is nothing if it is not grateful. I ought never to forget where my Redeemer found me — How, when He stooped to bless me, the cords of death and the pains of Hell held me fast. As I get farther away from the moment of my conversion, my sense of indebtedness to Him is apt to become less. But I must not allow it to do so. I should perpetually recollect His exceeding grace to me, the chief of sinners.
Religion is nothing if it is not thorough. All that I have, I ought to give to Jesus. “What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits toward me?” should be my ever-recurring question; and this should be the answer, “My mind and body, my time and my money, my opportunity and my influence, my days and my nights.” I need to be a thousand times more whole-hearted and more surrendered than I am.
Personal, grateful, thorough — Lord, let this be the nature of my religion from this day forward. I am, I confess with sorrow, earth-bound, rather than captivated and constrained by Jesus. For it is my chief complaint that my love is weak and faint.