- Matthew 5:6
“On the system of ‘Do this and live,’ no peace, and even no true obedience, can ever be attained. It is ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.’ When this belief enters the heart, joy and confidence enter along with it. The righteousness we try to work out for ourselves eludes our impotent grasp, and never can a soul arrive at a true and permanent rest in the pursuit of this object.”
-- Thomas Chalmers
"Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!"
- Psalm 34:8
I believe joy, peace, and confidence come when we work to please God by our obedience -- while simultaneously resting in Christ's perfect righteousness imputed to the elect to assure us of God's love and acceptance. (See Romans 8:16.)
Because of my fallenness and the power of the remaining flesh, I must continually remind myself of this truth. May it be of encouragement to you, if you are in Christ.
"Blessed are the people whose God is the LORD!"
- Psalm 144:15