Sorrows, cares and losses

(John Angell James, 1785-1859)

“Since we have now been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through Him!” Romans 5:9

What are all your sorrows, your cares, and your losses
–viewed in the light of this happy condition?

You tell me of your poverty and many privations.
I will reply, “Yes, but then think of your justification!”

You tell me of your disappointed hopes and blasted schemes.
“Yes, but you are justified!”

You tell me of your change of circumstances, and the painful contrast of the present with the past.
“Yes, but you are justified!”

You tell me of your friends departed, and your now desolate condition.
“Yes, but you are justified!”

Thus, to every tale of want or woe, when that tale comes from the lips of a believer in Christ–I will bring up that one sweet, soothing melody for the troubled spirit–justification by faith!

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ!” Romans 5:1

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