Jeremy Taylor (1613-67) on God’s grace

“That we should intend and design God’s glory in every action we do, whether it be natural or chosen, is expressed by Saint Paul, “Whether you eat or drink, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:21). Which rule when we observe, every action of nature becomes religious, and every meal is an act of worship, and shall have its reward in its proportion, as well as an act of prayer. Blessed be that goodness and grace of God, which, out of infinite desire to glorify and save mankind, would make the very works of nature capable of becoming acts of virtue, that all our lifetime we may do Him service.

This grace is so excellent, that is sanctifies the most common action of our life; and yet so necessary, that, without it, the very best actions of our devotion are imperfect and vicious. For he that prays out of (mere) custom, or gives alms for (his own) praise, or fasts to be accounted religious, is but a pharisee in his devotion, and a beggar in his alms, and a hypocrite in his fast…”

-Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667)

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