It is not falling into water that drowns, but lying in it. It is not falling into sin that damns, but lying in it without repentance.
Taken from the book The Doctrine of Repentance by Thomas Watson 1668
Wisdom saith, 'This is the way, walk in it'; and you shall not only find life at the end, but pleasure in the way. That which is the only right way to happiness we must resolve to travel, and to proceed and persevere in it, whether it be fair or foul, pleasant or unpleasant: but it is a great encouragement to a traveller, to know that his way is not only the right way, but a pleasant way: and such the way to heaven is.
Taken from the book The Pleasantness of a Religious Life by Matthew Henry 1714
God oftentimes works grace in a silent and secret way and takes sometimes five, sometimes ten, sometimes fifteen, sometimes twenty years; yea, sometimes more, before he will make a clear and satisfying report of his own work upon the soul.
Taken from the book Heaven on Earth: A Treatise on Christian Assurance by Thomas Brooks 1654
If you ask me why God should love us, I cannot tell. I suppose it is because He is a true Father. It is His nature to love; just as it is the nature of the sun to shine.
Taken from the book Day by Day with DL Moody DL Moody 1837-1899
Taken from the book Smooth Stones taken from Ancient Brooks: Selections from the Writings of Thomas Brooks
Thomas Brooks 1608-1680
After the resurrection, Jesus Christ did not invite the disciples to a time of communion on the Mount of Transfiguration; He said – "Feed my sheep."
Taken from the book The Quotable Oswald Chambers
Oswald Chambers 1874-1917
Irregular self-love, and ignorance of the benefits of affliction, make us often impatient to see our dear friends freed from suffering; though the painful operation is all for health, and under the management of the Divine Physician, who bled for us on the cross.
Taken from the book Letters of Henry Venn Henry Venn 1724-1797
I prayed for Faith, and thought that someday Faith would come down and strike me like lightning. But Faith did not seem to come.
One day I read in the tenth chapter of Romans, 'Now Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.' I had closed my Bible, and prayed for Faith. I now opened my Bible, and began to study, and Faith has been growing ever since.
|Taken from the book Christian Love by Hugh Binning 1627-1653|
Taken from the book Real Christianity by William Wilberforce 1797
Ignatius circa 37-117
Taken from the book The Wisdom of the Apostolic Fathers
Many, to rid themselves out of trouble, run themselves into sin. When God has bound them with the cords of affliction, they go to the devil to loosen their bands. Better it is to stay in affliction than to sin ourselves out of it.
Taken from the book Extracts from the Writings of Thomas Watson
Thomas Watson 1620-1686