We need more than a cold approbation of God's absolute goodness (Robert Riccaltoun)

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No body will deny, that God is perfectly and absolutely good, and worthy of the highest measure both of our esteem and love. But absolute goodness, however it may approve itself to the judgment, never touches the heart, unless we find our own interest in it. Until we believe that God is good to us, and according to our notions of goodness too, the highest approach to him goes no further than a cold approbation.

Robert Riccaltoun, Essays on Several of the Doctrines of Revelation in The Works of the Late Reverend Mr Robert Riccaltoun, Minister of the Gospel at Hobkirk (3 vols, Edinburgh: A. Murray & J. Cochran, 1771-72), 1: 385-86.
 
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