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Bonar: Faith is Rest


“Faith is rest, not toil. It is the giving up all the former weary efforts to do or feel something good, in order to induce God to love and pardon; and the calm reception of the truth so long rejected, that God is not waiting for any such inducements, but loves and pardons of His own goodwill, and is showing that goodwill to any sinner who will come to Him on such a footing, casting away his own poor performances or goodnesses, and relying implicitly upon the free love of Him who so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son.”

Horatius Bonar (1808-1889), "The Everlasting Righteousness"

(Long, long ago, there used to be a “Christian Quotation of the Day” email series, and that’s where I got this.)

It seems to me to resonate well with Wesley’s views on saving faith. And, it’s worth asking: “Am I experiencing my faith as a source of rest today, or a further source of stress?” I’m thinking that if the latter is true, something is wrong. Faith is actually lacking.

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