“A weak hand may receive a rich jewel. A few grapes will show that the plant is a vine, and not a thorn.
It is one thing to be deficient in grace, and another thing to lack grace altogether.
God knows we have nothing of ourselves, therefore in the covenant of grace He requires no more than He gives, but gives what He requires, and accepts what He gives.
What is the gospel itself but a merciful moderation, in which Christ’s obedience is esteemed ours, and our sins laid upon Him, wherein God, from being a judge, becomes our Father, pardoning our sins and accepting our obedience, though feeble and blemished!
We are now brought to heaven under the covenant of grace by a way of love and mercy.”
–Richard Sibbes, “The Bruised Reed,” The Works of Richard Sibbes, Volume 1 (ed. Alexander Balloch Grosart; Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1639/2001), 1: 58.