|More Than Notion True religion ought
always to be accompanied by deep feeling. It must be so because of its spiritual
character. No one laid more emphasis on the spirituality of religion than its founder, In
order to enforce the vital necessity of spiritual experience the Lord Jesus frequently
resorted to the use of paradox as when He said, "He that findeth his life shall lose
it but whosoever loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
Vain is all our best devotion, If on false foundations built; True religions more than notion, Something must be known and felt.
Tis to credit contradictions; Talk with him one never sees; Cry and groan beneath afflictions, Yet to clread the thoughts of ease.
Tis to feel the fight against us, Yet the victory hope to gain; To believe that Christ has cleansed us, Though the leprosy remain.
To be steadfast in believing, Yet to tremble, fear, and quake; Every moment be receiving Strength, and yet be always weak.
To be fighting, fleeing, turning; Ever sinking, yet to swim; To converse with Jesus, mourning For ourselves or else for him.