But my sin was this, that I looked for pleasure, beauty, and truth not in God but in myself and other creatures, and the search led me instead to pain, confusion, and error. -- Augustine
The strength of the good soldier of Jesus Christ appears in nothing more than in steadfastly maintaining the holy calm, meekness, sweetness, and benevolence of his mind, amidst all the storms, injuries, strange behavior, and surprising acts and events of this evil and unreasonable world.-- Jonathan Edwards
Whatever be the kind of tribulation with which we are afflicted, we should always consider the end of it to be, that we may be trained to despise the present, and thereby stimulated to aspire to the future life.-- John Calvin
Surely we are not sufficiently aware of the infinite tenderness of Jesus!-- Charles Spurgeon
The faith of another strengthens ours. The courage of another shames us out of cowardice. The example set by another can double our strength. We are disposed to society both in matters of life and belief.-- Abraham Kuyper
What may happen from our doing right, we have nothing to do with; we are to do right, and take the consequences cheerfully.
If a deed done for Christ should bring you into disesteem, and threaten to deprive you of usefulness, do it none the less. I count my own character, popularity, and usefulness to be as the small dust of the balance compared with fidelity to the Lord Jesus.
If an act of sin would increase my usefulness tenfold, I have no right to do it; and if an act of righteousness would appear likely to destroy all my apparent usefulness, I am yet to do it.
Indifference as to truth and error, good and evil, may be called charity and meekness, but it is not so; and it is displeasing to Christ.
He who is not angry at transgression becomes a partaker in it. Sin is a loathsome and hateful thing, and no renewed heart can patiently endure it.—Charles Spurgeon
Make peace wherever you can; scatter peace with both your hands. Let this be the very air you breathe; let nothing drop from your lip but words of healing, words of tenderness, words which shall abate the strife and noise of this poor distracted world. —Charles Spurgeon
How do you know it is better to escape some troubles than to bear them? Not one of them has befallen you by chance. May you not infer the trial is righteous because of its very Author? Is not His work perfect?...He does all things well. Does He detain you in distress because He does not love you? Yea, He loved you with an everlasting love, and withheld not His own Son from you...Blessed are all they that wait for Him; for it is good for a man not only to hope, but quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.--William Jay