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Horatius Bonar (1808-1889) was known as

Horatius Bonar (1808-1889) was known as the “prince of Scottish hymn-writers.” He was also a wise pastor who loved his congregation and wanted to see them grow in their understanding of the gospel, and in applying it in their everyday lives.

“No gloomy uncertainty as to God’s favor can subdue our lust, or correct our crookedness of will. But the free pardon of the cross uproots sin, and withers all its branches. Only the certainty of love, forgiving love, can do this. Free and warm reception into the divine favor is the strongest of all motives in leading a person to seek conformity to Him who has thus freely forgiven them all their trespasses. A cold admission into the paternal house by the father might have repelled the prodigal, and sent him back to his lusts; but the fervent kiss, the dear embrace, the best robe, the ring, the shoes, the fatted calf, the festal song – all without one moment’s suspense or delay, as well as without one upbraiding word, could not but awaken shame for the past, and true-hearted resolution to walk worthy of such a father, and of such a generous pardon. ‘Revelings, banqueting, and abominable idolatries’ come to be the abhorrence of those round whom the holy arms of renewed fatherhood have been so lovingly thrown. Sensuality, luxury, and the comforts of the flesh have lost their relish to one who has tasted the fruit of the tree of life. ”

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November 5, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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