“The Christian faith is ultimately not only a matter of doctrine or understanding or of intellect, it is a condition of the heart.”
“A man who loves you the most is the man who tells you the most truth about yourself.”
Robert Murray M'Cheyne
“The world out there is not waiting for a new definition of Christianity; it's waiting for a new demonstration of Christianity.”
"If my life is fruitless, it doesn't matter who praises me, and if my life is fruitful, it doesn't matter who criticizes me."
"In contentment and joy are found the height and perfection of all love towards our neighbor."
"If our faith stops at the cross, it misses the blessing of the fullest revealing of Christ"
"Conversion is not a repairing of the old building, but it takes all down and erects a new structure. It is not the sewing on a patch of holiness; but, with the true convert, holiness is woven into all his powers, principles and practice."
"Without the heart it is no worship. It is a stage play. It is an acting of a part without being that person, really. It is playing the hypocrite."
"Take care of your body as if you were going to live forever; and take care of your soul as if you were going to die tomorrow."
“Every day is a little life, and our whole life is but a day repeated. Therefore live every day as if it would be the last. Those that dare lose a day, are dangerously prodigal; those that dare misspend it are desperate.”
“An unfeigned desire is supreme. We desire Christ, not only more than the world, but more than heaven. "whom have I in heaven but thee?" Psa 73: 25. Heaven itself would not satisfy without Christ. He is the diamond in the ring of glory. If God should say to the soul, I will put thee into heaven, but I will hide my face from thee, I will draw a curtain between that thou shalt not behold my glory, the soul would not be satisfied, but say, as Absalom, "Now therefore let me see the king's face." 2 Samuel 14: 32.”
“But what is the love that is the whole of the will of God? Do we really understand it? Do not many of us think only of its earthly side? We like to be loved, that is, to have other people love us and live for us and do things for us. We like the gratifications of love. But that is only miserable selfishness, if it goes no further. It is a desecration of the sacred name to think that love, at its heart, means getting, receiving. Nay, love gives. Getting is earthly; "as it is in heaven" is giving. That is what God's love does — it finds its blessedness in giving. "God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son." That is what Christ's love did—it poured out its very life-blood to the last drop. The essential meaning of loving must always be giving, not receiving.”
“The love of Christ! What a motive to one who has felt its constraining influence! Can we say that we have not only experienced the love of Christ to us; but have felt in return the outgoings of love to our blessed Savior? “
Jared Bell Waterbury
"If love is the sum of Christianity, surely those things which overthrow Christian love, are exceedingly unbecoming Christians. An envious Christian, a malicious Christian, a cold and hard-hearted Christian, is the greatest absurdity and contradiction. It is as if one should speak of dark brightness, or a false truth!”
“Consider how much you owe to His forgiving grace, that after ten thousand affronts He loves you as infinitely as ever.”
“As we grow older, there should be a constant gaining, never a losing in our spiritual life. Every year should find us living on a higher plane than the year before. Old age should always be the best of life, not marked by spiritual emptiness and decay — but by nobler fruitfulness and more gracious beauty.”
“No one knows the true God in the real sense of knowledge except through Jesus Christ, for no man comes unto the Father but by the Son. But even if he could know God, in a measure, apart from the Revelation of Him in Christ Jesus, it would be a knowledge of terror that would make him flee away and avoid God! It would not be life to our souls to know God apart from His Son, Jesus Christ! We must know the Christ whom He has sent or our knowledge does not bring eternal life to us.”
“Knowing God without knowing our own wretchedness makes for pride. Knowing our own wretchedness without knowing God makes for despair. Knowing Jesus Christ strikes the balance because he shows us both God and our own wretchedness.”
“Persistence in prayer for someone whom we don't like, however much it goes against the grain to begin with, brings about a remarkable change in attitude.”
“Let us take care that we drink into our Lord's spirit, and copy His example. Let us never set down men in a low place, as gracious and godless, because their faith is feeble and their love is cold. Let us remember the case of Thomas, and be very compassionate and of tender mercy.“
“The religion of Jesus Christ is made up of two parts — faith and works. Faith is the root of works; works are the fruit of faith. A belief, however true and pure, if it is accepted only by the intellect, and be not carried out into practice, translating into active duties the faith held by the mind, is a barren faith, that will not be accepted by God, and will not secure salvation.”
William Bacon Stevens
"The Lord doth many things for us, which at that time when he doth them, we cannot observe; it is our duty therefore to look upon them afterwards, that they may furnish us with matter of praise to God."
"Revivals begin with God's own people; the Holy Spirit touches their heart anew, and gives them new fervor and compassion, and zeal, new light and life, and when He has thus come to you, He next goes forth to the valley of dry bones... Oh, what responsibility this lays on the Church of God! If you grieve Him away from yourselves, or hinder His visit, then the poor perishing world suffers sorely!"