Joy and Strength 12/25

I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.
Gal. ii. 20.

Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Col. i. 27.

Though Christ a thousand times in Bethlehem be born, If He’s not born in thee, thy soul is still forlorn.
JOHANN SCHEFFLER.

THE great mystery of the Gospel does not lie in Christ without us only (though we must know also what He has done for us); but the very pith and kernel of it consists in Christ inwardly formed in our hearts.
Ralph Cudworth.

When therefore the first spark of a desire after God arises in thy soul, cherish it with all thy care, give all thy heart into it; it is nothing less than a touch of the divine loadstone, that is to draw thee out of the vanity of time, into the riches of eternity. Get up therefore, and follow it as gladly as the wise men of the east followed the star from heaven that appeared to them. It will do for thee as the star did for them, it will lead thee to the birth of Jesus, not in a stable at Bethlehem in Judea, but to the birth of Jesus in the dark centre of thine own soul.
William Law

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