We treat God badly but he is good to us
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins—1 John 4:10 (NIV).
You had no love to God; but yet he has exercised unspeakable love to you. You have condemned God, and set light by him; but so great a value has God’s grace set on you and your happiness, that you have been redeemed at the price of the blood of his own Son. You chose to be with Satan in his service; but yet God has made you a joint-heir with Christ of his glory. You were ungrateful for past mercies; but yet God not only continued those mercies, but bestowed unspeakably greater mercies upon you. You refused to hear when God called; but yet he has manifested his infinite mercy in the exercise of it towards you. You have rejected Christ, and set him at nothing; and yet he has become your Savior. You have destroyed yourself, but yet in God has been your help. God has magnified his free grace towards you, and not to others because he has chosen you, and it has pleased him to set his love upon you. O what cause is here for praise! What obligations are upon you to bless the Lord, who hath dealt bountifully with you, and to magnify his holy name! What cause for you to praise him in humility, to walk humbly before God, and to be conformed to his image. “You will remember your sins and cover your mouth in silent shame when I forgive you of all that you have done. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!” [Ezekiel 16:63 NLT].
About the author and the source
Isabel Charlotte Garbett compiled a devotional of excerpts from Christian writers. For this date she included an excerpt from Jonathan Edward’s treatise The Justice of God in the Damnation of Sinners. Edwards (1703–1758) was a New England Puritan pastor, scientist, and theologian.
Jonathan Edwards. “November 19” in Morning Dew, Daily Readings for the People of God, Selected from the Writings of the Choicest Ancient and Modern Divines, compiled by Isabel Charlotte Garbett. Bath: Binns and Goodwin, 1864.