Union With Christ

Thou hast mad man for the glory of thyself,

   and when not an instrument of that glory,

   he is a thing of nought;

No sin is greater than the sin of unbelief,

   for if union with Christ is the greatest good,

   unbelief is the greatest sin,

   as being cross to thy command;

I see that whatever my sin is,

  yet no sin is like disunion from Christ by unbelief.

Lord, keep me from committing the greatest sin

   in departing from him,

  for I can never in this life perfectly obey

   and cleave to Christ.

When thou takest away my outward blessings,

   it is for sin,

  in not acknowledging that all that I have is of thee,

  in not serving thee through what I have,

  in making myself secure and hardened.

Lawful blessings are the secret idols, and

   do most hurt;

  the greatest injury is in the having,

  the greatest good in the taking away.

In love divest me of blessings that I may glorify

   thee the more;

  remove the fuel of my sin,

  and may I prize the gain of a little holiness

  as overbalancing all my losses.

The more I love thee with a truly gracious love

  the more I desire to love thee,

  and the more miserable I am at my want of love;

The more I hunger and thirst after thee,

  the more I faint and fail in finding thee,

The more my heart is broken for sin,

  the more I pray it may be far more broken.

My great evil is that I do not remember

   the sins of my youth,

  nay, the sins of one day I forget the next.

Keep me from all things that turn to unbelief 

  or lack of felt union with Christ.


Valley of Vision, pages 36-37


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