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This all-sufficiency in Christ works the other way around. God’s aim in saving us is not to boost our self-esteem or self-evaluation, but to expose our self-sufficiency as a sham. Newton trembled at his own sins and marveled at how he had been loved so much and how he loved so little in return. We are invested with all the mercies of heaven, and what is our daily response? Forgetfulness and spiritual laziness. “Every new day is filled up with new things—new mercies on the Lord’s part, new ingratitude on mine.”

Tony Reinke, Newton on the Christian Life