Preach to yourselves the sermons which you study, before you preach them to others.
It is the work of Christ to bring us back to God, and to restore us to perfection of holiness and obedience; and He is the way to the Father, so faith in Him is the way to our former employment and enjoyment of God.
Men would sooner believe that the Gospel is from heaven, if they saw more such effects of it upon the hearts and lives of those who profess it.
Many of us have also a foolish bashfulness, which makes us backward to begin with them, and to speak plainly to them. We are so modest… that we blush to speak for Christ, or to contradict the devil, or to save a soul, while, at the same time, we are less ashamed of shameful works.
We have a base man-pleasing disposition, which will make us let men perish lest we lose their love, and let them go quietly to hell, lest we should make them angry with us for seeking their salvation: and we are ready to venture on the displeasure of God, and risk the everlasting misery of our people, rather than draw on ourselves their ill-will.
If you have no sense of the worth of souls, and of the preciousness of that blood which was shed for them, and of the glory to which they are going, and of the misery of which they are in danger, you are not Christians.
Is this all thy compassion for lost sinners? Wilt thou do no more to seek and to save them? … shall they die and be in hell before thou wilt speak to them one serious word to prevent it? Shall they there curse thee forever that thou didst no more in time to save them?