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.
A love which spared not the eternal Son of God but freely gave Him up cannot fail to achieve its goal.
Charles Hodge (1797 – 1878) on Romans 8.28
Eternity itself will be too short to set forth the love of the Lord Jesus Christ.
George Whitefield (1714 – 1770)
To love to preach is one thing, to love those to whom we preach is quite another.
D. Martin Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981)
Grace does not merely aid righteous conduct; it also aids in the apprehension of the never-diminishing and nondeterred love of God that makes human righteousness possible. If obedience were merely a defensive posture that [Christians] assume to avert divine wrath or to curry divine favor, then human holiness would be but a euphemism for selfishness. When self-protection and self-promotion become the primary motivations of Christian obedience or preaching, then we have inadvertently made self-satisfaction the Lord of our faith.
Brian Chapell, Christ-centered Preaching, p. 314.