My pastor is leading our church through a study of the commands of Christ and yesterday he discussed “Rejoice.” He made many challenging points, leading me to question my own heart and actions. How fitting, then, that I read the following quote from J.C. Ryle Quotes this morning:
Is your heart right? Then be thankful. Praise the Lord for His distinguishing mercy, in “calling you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (1 Pet. 2:9). Think what you were by nature. Think what has been done for you by free undeserved grace. Your heart may not be all that it ought to be, nor yet all that you hope it will be. But at any rate your heart is not the old hard heart with which you were born. Surely the man whose heart is changed ought to be full of praise.
~ J.C. Ryle