"Then What becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On the principle of works? No, but on the principle of faith. For we hold that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the law." Romans 3:27-28

Those who trust in their own righteousness and holiness seek salvation in themselves, but I, who find in me nothing worthy of eternal life, flee to You as my Saviour. Save me, for I am condemned; have mercy upon me, for I am a sinner; justify me, for I am unrighteous; acquit me, for I am under accusation of sin. Thou, O Lord, are the Truth (John 14:6); Your name is holy and true; therefore let Your name be true in respect to me; be you my Jesus and my Saviour! Be You my Jesus in the present life; be You my Jesus in death; be you my Jesus in the last judgment; be You my Jesus in eternal life. And assuredly You will be, o blessed Jesus; because as You are unchangeable in essence so will You be in mercy. Your name will not be changed, o Lord Jesus, on account of a miserable sinner like me. No, but you will be a Saviour even to me, for You will not cast out any one that comes to you. You have given me the desire to come to You, and surely You will receive me when I do come, because Your words are truth and life (John 6:63).

Excerpt from Sacred Meditations
by Johann Gerhard

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