As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him. For in Him lives all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And you are complete in Him, who is the head of all authority and power.
— Colossians 2:6,9,10, MEV
Jesus prayed that his disciples might be sanctified through the truth. And no one can be safe in thinking that he can permit himself to indulge in any sin, however secret it may be; for God requires truth in the inward parts... But let the heart with all its affections be just where it belongs, surrendered to God, and you will have joy and peace in the Holy Ghost.
You must have the deep movings of the Spirit of God, that you may have an individual experience, and be complete in Him who is the fulness of the Godhead bodily. Through the power of the righteousness of Christ, we are to depart from all iniquity. There must be a living connection of the soul with its Redeemer. The channel of communication must be open continually between man and his God, that the soul may grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord. But how many do not pray. They feel under condemnation for sin, and they think they must not come to God until they have done something to merit his favor, or until God has forgotten about their transgressions... When you have asked Jesus in contrition of soul for his forgiveness, believe that he has forgiven you. Do not doubt his divine mercy, or refuse the comfort of his infinite love.
If your child had disobeyed you, and committed wrong against you, and that child should come with a breaking heart to ask forgiveness, you know what you would do. You know how quickly you would draw your child to your heart, and assure him that your love was unchanged, and his transgressions forgiven. Are you more merciful than your merciful Heavenly Father, who so loved the world that he “gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”? You should go to God as children go to their parents. Ask your Heavenly Father to forgive your errors, and pray that through the grace of Christ you may be able to overcome every defect of your character.
We must respond to the divine drawing of Christ, and repent of our sins, and unite ourselves to Christ as the branch is united to the vine.
— Bible Echo and Signs of the Times, February 1, 1892
Let your heart with all its affections be surrendered to God in order to have joy and peace in the Holy Ghost.
Continually keep the channel of communication open with God that your soul may grow in grace and the knowledge of the Lord.
Pray when you feel under condemnation for sin. Ask Jesus for forgiveness then believe that He forgives you and receive the comforts of His infinite love.
Go to God as children go to their parents. Pray that through the grace of Christ you may be able to overcome every defect of your character.