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“To gain entire likeness to Christ, I ought to get a high esteem of the happiness of it.  I am persuaded that God’s happiness is inseparably linked in with his holiness.  Holiness and happiness are like light and heat.  God never tasted one of the pleasures of sin.

Christ has a body such as I have, yet he never tasted one of the pleasures of sin.  The redeemed, through all eternity, will never taste one of the pleasures of sin; yet their happiness is complete. . . . Every sin is something away from my greatest enjoyment. . . .

The devil strives night and day to make me forget this or disbelieve it.  He says, Why should you not enjoy this pleasure as much as Solomon or David?  You may go to heaven also.  I am persuaded this is a lie – that my true happiness is to go and sin no more.”

Andrew A. Bonar, editor, Memoir and Remains of Robert Murray M’Cheyne (Edinburgh, 1987), pages 154-155.


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6 thoughts on “My true happiness”

  1. Well, what True Happiness is is debatable. A piece of computer hardware, potatoes, a car, a girl – whatever floats you boat, I guess. :p
    I should start a thread with the name “True Happiness”, and fill it with things NOT pertaining to computers, game cosoles, or anything affiliated thereof.

  2. Charlie says:

    So good. Love Andrew’s point that the most holy being in the universe (Christ) dwells in the most happy state. That correctly informs where I should find true happiness.

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Ray Ortlund is senior pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and serves as a Council member with The Gospel Coalition. You can follow him on Twitter.

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