Mercy should make us ashamed, wrath afraid to sin.
– William Gurnall
Justifying faith is not a naked assent to the truths of the gospel.
Of all creatures in this visible world, light is the most glorious; of all light, the light of the sun without compare excels the rest.
God hath made it a debt which one saint owes to another to carry their names to a throne of grace.
Godliness, as well as the doctrine of our faith, is a mystery.
We have peace with God as soon as we believe, but not always with ourselves. The pardon may be past the prince’s hand and seal, and yet not put into the prisoner’s hand.
The sins of teachers are the teachers of sin.
Christ bears with the saints’ imperfections; well may the saints one with another.
The grace thou hast will soon be less, if thou addest not more to it.
In heaven we shall appear, not in armour, but in robes of glory. But here these are to be worn night and day; we must walk, work, and sleep in them, or else we are not true soldiers of Christ.
Great comforts do, indeed, bear witness to the truth of thy grace, but not to the degree of it; the weak child is oftener in the lap than the strong one.
And while God had work for Paul, he found him friends both in court and prison. Let persecutors send saints to prison, God can provide a keeper for their turn.
The soldier is summoned to a life of active duty and so is the Christian.
The Christian must trust in a withdrawing God.
Humble souls are fearful of their own strength.
The devil had as good have let Paul alone, for he no sooner comes into prison but he falls a preaching, at which the gates of Satan’s prison fly open, and poor sinners come forth.
Never was a faithful prayer lost. Some prayers have a longer voyage than others, but then they return with their richer lading at last, so that the praying soul is a gainer by waiting for an answer.
Compare Scripture with Scripture. False doctrines, like false witnesses, agree not among themselves.
All the plots of hell and commotions on earth have not so much as shaken God’s hand to spoil one letter or line he has been drawing.
Humility is a necessary veil to all other graces.
Let your hope of heaven master your fear of death.
Compare not thyself with those that have less than thyself, but look on those that have far exceeded thee.
Men are what they see and judge; though some do not fill up their light, yet none go beyond it.
It is not only our duty to pray for others, but also to desire the prayers of others for ourselves.
God’s wounds cure, sin’s kisses kill.