Richard Sibbes (1577–1635): We must consider ourselves as Christ does

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“…in case of discouragement, we must consider ourselves as Christ does, who looks on us as those he intends to fit for himself. Christ values us by what we shall be, and by what we are elected unto. We call a little plant a tree, because it is growing up to be so. ‘Who has despised the day of small things?’ (Zech. 4:10). Christ would not have us despise little things.”

– Richard Sibbes (1577–1635), The Bruised Reed, p. 17

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