Remembering William Wilberforce

Posted: August 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

Friday August 24, marked the 253rd anniversary of William Wilberforce‘s birth. Do you know who he was? Take a few minutes and download John Piper’s FREE book on his life. He was the primary member of British Parliament that led them to bring an end to slavery in Great Britain. This book will tell you more about God’s “Amazing Grace” in his life and see the influence of John Newton the author of that great hymn.  It will encourage you (I hope) to prayer for our government leaders; especially during this election season. It should challenge you to live courageously and persevere as Wilberforce gives us an example of long-term courage in his life.

To whet your appetite you can read this quote from a letter the well known Methodist, John Wesley,
gave him:

…encouragement came from John Wesley in the last letter he ever wrote before he died. When Wesley was eighty-seven years old (in 1790) he wrote to Wilberforce and said, “Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of man and devils. But if God be for you, who can be against you”(Robert Isaac Wilberforce and Samuel Wilberforce, The Life of William Wilberforce, abridged edition [London,  1843], p.116)

Thinking on Wilberforce’s life and legacy makes me cry out to God that His grace would enable me and His Spirit empower me to live with such courage, faith, & endurance.

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