Let us learn to think of tears as liquid prayers, and of weeping as a constant dropping of importunate intercession which will wear its way right surely into the very heart of mercy, despite the stony difficulties which obstruct the way.
Charles Spurgeon, Treasury of David, comments on Psalm 6.8
Our Lord did make a good choice when He saved you and me; for in us He has found abundant room for His mercy and grace. There has been elbow room for His love to work within the awful emptiness of our necessities and sins; and therein He has done great things for us, whereof we are glad.
Charles Spurgeon, The Believing Thief
Embrace in one act the two truths — thine own sin, and God’s infinite mercy in Jesus Christ.
Alexander Maclaren (1826-1910)
My best is defective, but through mercy, my hope is built not upon feelings, but upon the atonement and mediation of Jesus.
John Newton (1725 – 1807)
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.
They who truly come to God for mercy, come as beggars, not as creditors.
Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)
Mercy is a part of the Church’s marriage inheritance. Christ betroths her to Him ‘in mercy’ (Hos. 2.19). The husband is bound to bear with the wife, as being the ‘weaker vessel’ (1 Pet. 3.7), and shall we think Christ will exempt Himself from His own rule, and not bear with His weak spouse?
Richard Sibbes, The Bruised Reed (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 2011), 58.