We live in a time when God is all love, seldom do we hear of His anger and hatred of sin; even when it concerns His people. This is a timely piece of warning from Gracegems for all, especially God's own...
The sins of God's people!
Vincent, "God's Terrible Voice in the
City" 1667. Thomas Vincent, himself a witness of the 'Great Fire of London'
writes to explain why this severe divine judgment
fell upon the godly, as well as on the wicked.)
"The Lord disciplines those He loves, and He punishes everyone
He accepts as a son." Hebrews 12:6
If these judgments have fallen upon God's people--we must
know that they have their sins, which have deserved them.
Possibly some have begun to comply with the wicked in their
wicked ways. It may be, that they had . . .
grown more loose
in their walking,
and formal in the service of God,
and their hearts more set on the
The sins of God's people
have more heinous aggravations than the sins of the wicked,
being committed against . . .
sweeter mercies, and
and therefore provoke God the more to wrath. Hence He
threatens His own people, especially, to punish them when
they transgress, "You only have I known of all the families
of the earth--and therefore I will punish you for
your iniquities." Amos 3:2
Besides, God's people have need of
. . .
to arouse them,
to humble them for sin, and
to loosen and wean them from the world!
It is in love and faithfulness, that God inflicts such
judgments upon them.
"Before I was afflicted I
went astray--but now I obey Your Word." Psalm 119:67
"It was good for me to be
afflicted--so that I might learn
Your decrees." Psalm 119:71
"I know, O Lord, that Your laws are righteous, and in faithfulness
You have afflicted me." Psalm 119:75
"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan