Letters of Samuel Pierce 3

My prayer on your behalf, my good friend, to the Holy Ghost shall be, that it may please him to teach you how to make use of every thing you see and feel in yourself, to look wholly to Christ. There is in Christ every thing you want for life, death, and eternal glory. His person, blood, and righteousness, is the whole ground of all your hope in God; his word believed in, brings into your heart a sense of his love; “thou art,” saith Jesus, “all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee.” In Christ you are a perfection of beauty: he presents you in himself, holy, unblamable, and unreprovable in his sight.

May the Holy Spirit open to your view the very heart of Jesus, shew you the love with which he loves you, and give you some precious cordial draughts, such as may fill you with everlasting consolation. Jesus is your friend: as such he will make use, and take the advantage from all which befall you in this vale of tears, to prove himself your fast and faithful friend. There is no feeling of your mind, no sigh nor tear, no groan nor pain, you are the subject of, but Christ sees and keeps his eye on. He will cause all, every thing which befall you, to be for your real good; his everlasting arms are underneath you. He saith unto you, “Fear not, I have redeemed thee, I have graven thee on the palms of my hands; I will remember thee with everlasting kindness.” “I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” “I am thy God, and will by thine everlasting light and thy glory.”
You may safely venture to believe these exceeding great and precious promises, which the mouth of the Lord hath spoken. Trust, and be not afraid; Jesus saith to you, “Be not afraid, only believe.” Cast therefore all your cares and burthens on him, who saith, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, if a man keep my sayings he shall never see death.” “I am the resurrection and the life; he that believeth on me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth, and believeth in me, shall never die.”

All may fail, nature may fail; life, strength, flesh and heart may fail, but Jesus will not, Jesus cannot fail you. May you live and die, looking wholly to him. O that he may continually, in a manifestative influential way, look on you, and fill you with all peace and joy in believing, that ye may abound in hope through the power of the Holy Ghost.

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