God's mercy is free. To set up merit is to destroy mercy. Nothing can deserve mercy, because we are polluted in our blood; nor force it. We may force God to punish us, but not to love us. 'I will love them freely'.
What cause have we to be thankful, that we have the knowledge of the only true God! How many are brought up in blindness! God is to be trusted when His providences seem to run contrary to His promise.
Admire the love of Christ our Mediator; that He should humble Himself, and take our flesh, that He might redeem us.
See your need of Christ's teaching. Go to Christ to teach you. Jesus Christ is very willing to teach us.
Let those admire God's free grace who were once under the power and tyranny of Satan.
Christ took our flesh upon Him, that He might take our sins upon Him
Let the wind and storms be up, and the church almost covered with waves, yet Christ is in the ship of the church, and there is no danger of shipwreck.