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19/10/2010 / Test All Things

A Letter To A Friend – January 24th, 1866

My dear friend,

We seem to have to learn every attribute of God by repeated teachings; like children ever forgetting yesterday’s lesson, and compelling, so to speak, the kind and patient teacher to teach it all again. Indeed, none but the Lord could or would bear with such miserable pupils, such out-of-the-way blockheads, such thorough dullards, and obstinate incurable dunces. Surely of all men and women we have reason to speak well of the patience and forbearance of the God of all grace, the God of all our mercies, the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ. Had He not been what He is in His dear Son, He must long ago have driven us from His presence; and banished us for evermore out of His sight. But His goodness leads to repentance; and a sense of this in the heart makes us desire never to sin against Him more.

J. C. P.

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