the vilest and the most unworthy
What an amount of guilt has He pardoned!
It is impossible to overstate this. No view that
I can now take of it ascends to the truth . . .
my original debasement,
my wayward youth,
my rejection of His love,
my rebellion against His authority,
my forgetfulness of His goodness,
my backslidings from His way,
my inconsistent profession,
my vain and sinful example,
the wickedness of my unconverted state,
the errors of my renewed state!
Alas! every day and every act brings up its
separate testimony. And all condemn me!
But He has freely pardoned!
He has blotted out this whole fearful record!
He will display it all, that all may see the riches
of His grace in my forgiveness. Be it so. I know it
is most disgraceful to me. But willingly would I
come there and have it said, "There is the vilest
and the most unworthy creature that has ever
entered Heaven" so that Christ shall have all
the glory of my forgiveness!
My sin has fearfully abounded. But His grace has
so much the more abounded, and the glory is His!