“We cannot pray in love and live in hate and still think that we are worshiping God.”
“He [God] is good and does good––yea, he does good because he is good, and for no other reason––not by the necessity of nature, but by the intervention of a free act of his will.”
“Being steadfast in belief does not exclude all temptations from without. When we say a tree is firmly rooted, we do not say the wind never blows upon it.”
Without absolutes revealed from without by God Himself, we are left rudderless in a sea of conflicting ideas about manners, justice and right and wrong, issuing from a multitude of self-opinionated thinkers.
“We desire to put Christ over the head of doctrine, we make the doctrine the throne for Christ to sit on, but we dare not put Christ at the bottom, and then press Him down, and overload Him with the doctrines to His own Word.”
“Give yourself to prayer, to reading and meditation on divine truths: strive to penetrate to the bottom of them and never be content with a superficial knowledge.”
“Could not but think, as I have often remarked to others, that much more of true religion consists in deep humility, brokenness of heart, and an abasing sense of barrenness and want of grace and holiness than most who are called Christians imagine”