Apr 232013

Christian joy can only be realized, when Christ reigns there, alone and uninterruptedly.

If the world is permitted to occupy a larger share of the affections and the heart,

if plain and known duty is neglected,

if the means of grace are carelessly used,

if in all your efforts, your duties, and your services, whether in the Church or in the world, you do not entreat the Divine blessing and the Divine aid,

then the Spirit of God is grieved.

He withdraws His cheering influence; and it is utterly impossible to have the peace and joy, which flow from the inward, abiding presence of the Savior — and which is the work — the entire work, of His Divine Spirit, the true and only comforter.

— William Cowper (1731-1800)
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