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.
God’s mercy is so great that you may sooner drain the sea of its water, or deprive the sun of its light, than diminish His great mercy.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834 – 1892)
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Nothing leads a true heart to such self-ashamed penitence as reflection on God’s mercy. If a man thinks that God has taken him for a servant, the thought should bow him with conscious unworthiness not in self-satisfaction.
Alexander Maclaren, Expositions of Holy Scripture: 2 Kings and Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1977), 329.
There is more mercy in Christ than sin in us.
Richard Sibbes (1577-1635)
Grace overwhelms us with God’s love, and as a result our heart resonates with the desires of God. His purposes become our own. Our soul delights in his service as love for him and thanksgiving for his mercy make us long to honor him. True grace produces joy and promotes godliness.
Bryan Chapell, Holiness by Grace
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The cross demonstrates with equal vividness both his justice in judging sin and his mercy in justifying the sinner.
John R. W. Stott (1921-2011)
A gracious heart spies mercy in every condition.
Thomas Watson (1620—1686)