American Writer and Presbyterian Clergy
John H. Aughey, fully John Hill Aughey
American Writer and Presbyterian Clergy
There are many seasons in a man?s life?and the more exalted and responsible his position, the more frequently do these seasons recur?when the voice of duty and the dictates of feeling are opposed to each other; and it is only the weak and the wicked who yield that obedience to the selfish impulses of the heart which is due to reason and honor.
There is dew in one flower and not in another, because one opens its cup and takes it in, while the other closes itself and the drop runs off. So God rains goodness and mercy as wide as the dew, and if we lack them, it is because we do not open our hearts to receive them.
Were it not for an unquestioning faith, human progress would be an intolerable burden.
Ye do well to remember that habitual affectionate communion with God, asking Him for all good which is needed, praising Him for all that is received, and trusting Him for future supplies, prevents anxious cares, inspires peace, calmness and composure, and furnishes a delight surpassing all finite comprehension.
Youth, beauty, wit may recommend you to men, but only faith in Jesus Christ can recommend you to God.
The most generous and merciful in judgment upon the faults of others, are always the most free from faults themselves.
The most holy men are always the most humble men; none so humble on earth as those that live highest in heaven.
The wisdom of God appears in afflictions. By these He separates the sin which He hates, from the son whom He loves. By these thorns He keeps him from breaking over into Satan's pleasant pastures, which would fatten him indeed, but only to the slaughter.
Afflictions are but conductors to immortal life and glory.
Good conscience is sometimes sold for money, but never bought with it.
Nothing is eternal but that which is done for God and others. That which is done for self dies.
All our murmurings are so many arrows shot at God Himself, and they will return upon our own hearts; they reach not Him, but they will hit us; they hurt not Him, but they will wound us; therefore it is better to be mute than to murmur; it is dangerous to provoke a consuming fire.
Great things are not accomplished by idle dreams, but by years of patient study.
On the head of Christ are many crowns. He wears the crown of victory; He wears the crown of sovereignty; He wears the crown of creation; He wears the crown of providence; He wears the crown of grace; He wears the crown of glory?for every one of His glorified people owes his honor, happiness and blessedness to Him.
As a weak limb grows stronger by exercise, so will your faith be strengthened by the very efforts you make in stretching it out toward things unseen.
Happiness and comfort stream immediately from God himself, as light issues from the sun; and sometimes looks and darts itself into the meanest corners, while it forbears to visit the largest and the noblest rooms.
One improper word or act will neutralize the effect of many good ones; and one base deed, after years of noble service, will cover them all with shame.
As every mercy is a drop obtained from the ocean of God?s goodness, so every affliction is a drachm weighed out in the wisdom of God?s providence.
Happiness without peace is temporal; peace along with happiness is eternal.
Open your heart to sympathy, but close it against despondency. The flower which opens to receive the dew shuts against the rain.
Be deaf to the quarrelsome, blind to the scorner and dumb to the inquisitive.
He that has never known adversity is but half acquainted with others or himself.
Palaces and pyramids are reared by laying one brick, or block, at a time; and the kingdom of Christ is enlarged by individual conversions.
Cheerfulness is the friend and helper of all good graces, and the absence of it is certainly a vice.
He who bears failure with patience is as much of a philosopher as he who succeeds; for to put up with the world needs as much wisdom as to control it.