Tozer Devotional

Sat, July 14, 2018

Softened by Pardoning Love

Wesley believed in the freedom of the will, but he saw also the necessity of a prevenient working of divine grace in the heart before the lost man can repent. In a manner characteristic of him he transferred the impenitence of Pharaoh to himself:


Such is the stubbornness of man! So deep in me the evil lies!

Chastised a thousand times in vain, I still against Thy judgments rise;

Not all Thy judgments can convert This sinner, or this sin remove,

Unless Thou find it in Thy heart To soften mine by pardoning love.

How easy it is to read the dramatic story of the Exodus without profit; but in Wesley's musical commentary everything that happened there has a meaning for the Christian. For instance, the whole matter of God turning Egypt's water into blood ceases to be a problem to cloud the mind and becomes sunshine for the heart. The words "The waters . . . Were turned to blood" receive this happy comment,


He turned their water into blood, When vengeance was His dread design:

But thanks to the incarnate God, He turned our water into wine!

Verse

Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. Micah 7:18

Thought

Our God softens our hearts by His pardoning love. Consider that love poured out on us so immensely unworthy and at such a costly price to Him. Amazing, amazing love!

Prayer

"Oh, the deep, deep love of Jesus, 'Tis a heaven of heavens to me; And it lifts me up to glory, For it lifts me up to Thee" (Samuel T. Francis). Thank You, Lord, for Your love.

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A. W. Tozer, a modern day prophet, was a key figure in The Christian and Missionary Alliance. His legacy reaches through time and has impacted countless millions. A prolific author and pastor, Tozer was known for his emphasis on the deeper life movement. His message, informed as it was by A.B. Simpson the founder of The Alliance, brought the missionary call to a massive audience. A series of his sermons are available as audio files.

bookHis books have been published around the world and in many languages. This devotional was compiled from the The Warfare of the Spirit Chapter 24 - Singing Commentary

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