Amazing grace in the life of William Wilberforce by John Piper

By John Piper

Opposed to nice hindrances William Wilberforce, an evangelical Christian and a member of Parliament, fought for the abolition of the African slave alternate and opposed to slavery itself until eventually they have been either unlawful within the British Empire. Many are conscious of Wilberforce's position in bringing an finish to slavery in nice Britain, yet few have taken the time to ascertain the ideals and motivations that spurred him on for many years. during this concise quantity, John Piper tells the tale of ways Wilberforce used to be remodeled from an unbelieving, younger baby-kisser right into a notably God-centered Christian, and the way his deep spirituality helped to alter the ethical outlook of a country. As global leaders debate over the way to take care of a bunch of social justice and humanitarian crises, a more in-depth examine Wilberforce's lifestyles and religion serves as an encouragement and instance to all believers. & nbsp;Read more... Enduring for the reason -- His formative years -- 'God has set ahead of me nice gadgets' -- a mess of Christlike motives -- awesome persistence -- The deeper root of childlike pleasure -- the big truths of the gospel

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The spirit of our friend left the world. ”12 William Cowper wrote a sonnet13 to celebrate Wilberforce’s labor for the slaves which begins with the lines, Pollock, “A Man Who Changed His Times,” 90. , 91. 13 Thy country, Wilberforce, with just disdain Hears thee by cruel men and impious call’d Fanatic, for thy zeal to loose the enthrall’d From exile, public sale, and slavery’s chain. Friend of the poor, the wrong’d, the fetter-gall’d, Fear not lest labor such as thine be vain. Thou hast achieved a part: hast gained the ear Of Britain’s senate to thy glorious cause; Hope smiles, joy springs; and though cold Caution pause, And weave delay, the better hour is near That shall remunerate thy toils severe, By peace for Afric, fenced with British laws.

152. qxd 58 12/6/06 1:59 PM Page 58 Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce He was also a most cheerful Christian. His harp appeared to be always in tune; no “gloomy atmosphere of a melancholy moroseness” surrounded him; his sun appeared to be always shining: hence he was remarkably fond of singing hymns, both in family prayer and when alone. He would say, “A Christian should have joy and peace in believing [Rom. ”2 The poet Robert Southey said, “I never saw any other man who seemed to enjoy such a perpetual serenity and sunshine of spirit.

239. qxd 64 12/6/06 1:59 PM Page 64 Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce sure of joy. There were great battles in the soul as well as in Parliament. ”21 We get a glimpse of how he fought for joy in these times from what he wrote in his notebook of prayers: Lord, thou knowest that no strength, wisdom or contrivance of human power can signify, or relieve me. It is in thy power alone to deliver me. I fly to thee for succor and support, O Lord let it come speedily; give me full proof of thy Almighty power; I am in great troubles, insurmountable by me; but to thee slight and inconsiderable; look upon me O Lord with compassion and mercy, and restore me to rest, quietness, and comfort, in the world, or in another by removing me hence into a state of peace and happiness.

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