HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

Indeed, my Christian life is an enigma.

For I am in the world — and yet my love and home are far away. I am no ascetic nor recluse; but my “heart and brain move there,” only my “feet stay here.”

And I am haunted by sin — and nevertheless delivered from sin. It dogs my steps and dims my peace, but I am Christ’s freeman still. In secret though, in practice, in aspiration, I am among the saints.

And the smaller my burden grows — the more I feel its pressure. My heart is advancing in grace, through God’s communion with me. But my conscience is learning more sensitivity. It condemns me oftener.

And I am weak — and yet I am strong. Weak in my own helplessness, as apart from Him I can do nothing. But then, as I lean on Him, He endows me with a strength that will neither bend nor break.

And what crushes others — lifts me higher. The affliction, against which the worldling rebel — gives.

  • a new edge to my holiness,
  • a new fervency to my prayers,
  • a new breadth to my sympathy,
  • a new brightness to my Heaven!

My Lord has been a long time with me — but I scarcely know Him yet.

And I am satisfied — and still, I hunger.

And though I am glad to live — I shall be gladder to die.

Life is Christ’s fellowship and Christ’s service.

Death is Christ’s presence, Christ’s throne, Christ’s crown!

Beyond question, I am a wonder to others — and to myself!

Where are you standing in His presence?

Author: Patriarch Gregg

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