September 01, 2004

An boundless capacity of wickedness by J.C. Ryle

But Peter said, "Man, I don't know what you are talking about." And as soon as he said these words, the rooster crowed. Luke 22:60

The best and highest believer is a poor weak creature, even at his best times. Whether he knows it or not, he carries within him an almost boundless capacity of wickedness, however fair and decent his outward conduct may seem. There is no enormity of sin into which he may not run, if he does not watch and pray, and if the grace of God does not hold him up.

When we read the falls of Noah, Lot, and Peter, we only read what might possibly befall any of ourselves! Let us never presume. Let us never indulge in high thoughts about our own strength, or look down upon others. Whatever else we pray for, let us daily pray that we may walk humbly with God.

"Hold me up, and I shall be safe!" Ps. 119:117