There are no words to express that kind of sweetness or humble exultation that arises from the sensible presence of God to the soul that is filled with divine love.
Dace Ortlund, Edwards on the Christian Life: Alive to the Beauty of God (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2014), 69.
Who can add to Christmas? The perfect motive is that God so loved the world. The perfect gift is that He gave His only Son. The only requirement is to believe in Him. The reward of faith is that you shall have everlasting life.
Corrie ten Boom (1892-1983)
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We trust as we love, and where we love. If we love Christ much, surely we shall trust him much.
Thomas Brooks (1608-1680)
No amount of activity in the King’s service will make up for the neglect of the King Himself.
Robert Murray McCheyne (1813-1843)
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We can never have too much humility, too much faith in Christ, too much holiness, too much spirituality of mind, too much charity, too much zeal in doing good to others. Then let us be continually forgetting the things behind, and reaching forth unto the things before (Phil. 3.13). The best of Christians in these matters is infinitely below the perfect pattern of his Lord. Whatever the world may please to say, we may be sure there is no danger of any of us becoming “too good”.
J. C. Ryle, Holiness (Carlisle, PA: EP Books, 2011), 93.
Forgiveness is not… individualistic and psychic. Forgiveness does not begin and end with the person who is forgiving, nor is its emphasis on how forgiveness can help me. Whatever benefit forgiveness may have to me personally, it is not about me — it is about us. It is about people created by God to live in a relationship with Him and one another. As such, we are in the depths of our identity lovers of people and restorers of relationships. We are indeed our brother’s keeper!
Alfred Poirier, The Peacemaking Pastor (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2006), 114.
The cross is the lightning rod of grace that short-circuits God’s wrath to Christ so that only the light of His love remains for believers.
A. W. Tozer (1897 – 1963)
Grace, while we live here, is in souls which, because they are imperfectly renewed, dwell in bodies subject to several humours, and these will incline the soul sometimes to excess in one passion, sometimes to excess in another…. We must supply out of our love and mercy that which we see wanting in them. The church of Christ is a common hospital, wherein all are in some measure sick of some spiritual disease or other, so all have occasion to exercise the spirit of wisdom and meekness.
Richard Sibbes, The Bruised Reed (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 2011), 33-34.