“Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy.” (1 Timothy 1:13)
“Christians, why might not you have been in the number of those who persist in
sinning? Because God has ‘bestowed upon you the miracle of His mercy!’
See what cause you have to admire the stupendous goodness of God, who has wrought a change in you—and checked you in your full career of sin!”
“Christians, you who are vessels of election—were by nature as wicked as others—but God had compassion on you and plucked you as brands out of the fire! He stopped you in your course of sinning—when you were marching to hell! He turned you back to Him by sincere repentance. Oh, here is the banner of love displayed over you!”
“Behold sovereign grace! Let your hearts melt in love to God. Admire His royal bounty. Set the crown of all your praises, upon the head of free grace! ‘By the
grace of God I am what I am!’” (1 Corinthians 15:10)
By Thomas Watson, “The Mischief of Sin,” www.gracegems.org/08/01/marching.