This Man receiveth sinners. Luke 15:2
Mrs. Ellen Ince, of Lowton, Lancashire…was born in 1769, and in early life was convinced of sin…In reply to her inquiry after the way of salvation, she was taken to a Methodist chapel, where she soon found peace through believing in Jesus. She walked in the fear of the Lord for sixty-seven years.
Of her thirteen children, nine preceded her to heaven. The death of her last surviving son affected her much. A few days before her death, she said of her son,What a glorious state he is in, free from his weak and suffering body, in the presence of his Lord! We shall not be parted long.
On the morning of the day of the first anniversary of her son’s interment, she read the Scriptures for two hours, chiefly in Isaiah; and on closing the book, she exclaimed to her daughter,Glory be to God in the highest for His great love in dying for sinners!Later in the day, having read her hymn book for some time, she repeated the lines—
We all are forgiven for Jesus’ sake,
Our title to heaven, His merits we take,
And then she added,Now let me rest. I think I can go to sleep.And in a few minutes she sweetly fell asleep in Jesus, without even a sigh, 2nd April, 1854, aged eighty-five years.
Stevenson, p. 19
Thy faithfulness, Lord, each moment we find,
So true to Thy Word, so loving and kind!
Thy mercy so tender to all the lost race,
The vilest offender may turn and find grace.
The mercy I feel, to others I show,
I set to my seal that Jesus is true:
Ye all may find favor, who come at His call,
O come to my Savior, His grace is for all!
To save what was lost, from Heaven He came;
Come, sinners, and trust in Jesus’ name.
He offers you pardon; He bids you be free;
If sin be your burden, O come unto Me!
O let me commend my Savior to you,
The publican’s friend and advocate too,
For you He is pleading His merits and death,
With God interceding for sinners beneath.
Then let us submit His grace to receive,
Fall down at His feet and gladly believe:
We all are forgiven for Jesus’ sake:
Our title to Heaven His merits we take.