Holiness is not something we are called upon to do in order that we may become something; it is something we are to do because of what we already are.
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981)
[T]he greater the corruption of society, the more need for holy men and women to live in that society. The world can only become darker by the withdrawing of its lights and more corrupt through the gathering away of the salt scattered over it.
Spiros Zodhiates, The Beatitudes: The Pursuit of Happiness (Chattanooga: AMG Publishers, 1998), 249.
To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by the beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God, to devote the will to the purpose of God.
William Temple in James Montgomery Boice, Whatever Happened to the Gospel of Grace? (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2001), 175.
The best measure of a spiritual life is not its ecstasies but its obedience.
Oswald Chambers (1874 – 1917)
Once for all we must be on our guard against the sin of supposing that what God desires of any of us is the mere intellectual acceptance of any statement with regard to Him. Christian belief is only to a limited extent a thing of the head. Yes; let even the pledged servants of Jesus Christ beware of the awful snare of setting mere correctness of theological opinion above personal holiness.
John A. Hutton, The Authority and Person of Our Lord
Holiness is the habit of being of one mind with God, according as we find his mind described in Scripture. It is the habit of agreeing in God’s judgment, heating what he hates, loving what he loves, and measuring everything in this world by the standard of his word.
J. C. Ryle, Holiness (Carlisle, PA: EP Books, 2011), 34.