Knowing Jesus as the Messiah
Call diligently to mind whatever God’s goodness has done for you. Remember that it is he who has created you, who has kept you, who has redeemed you; that by his grace you have been baptized, you have been called, you have received good inspirations, you have been preserved from many evils, and have in fine, a multitude of benefits bestowed on you. If you weigh these things in a just balance, you will find that whatsoever the heavens include and whatsoever the earth contains are benefits proceeding from him, that all the members and senses, which compose your body, are so many of his gifts; that all the moments you breathe are so many favors you receive from his hand; that the bread you eat, the earth you walk on, the sun which lights you, the heavens which encompass you, and whatever serves for the entertainment of your life are presents that he makes you; and in fine, to comprehend all in one word, all the good in the world are his benefits, since he created all this good for you, and has preserved you from the greatest of evils, that is, dying in your sins, it being certain that no misery is suffered by one man with another may not undergo.
Is there any thing then you ought to be more sensible of than your having lived in such a forgetfulness of God, who has carried you, as it were, in his arms, whose goodness has given you subsistence, whose spirit has given you life, whose sun has warmed you, whose providence has protected you; and finally, in who, and by whom you move, live, and have your being?