American Writer and Presbyterian Clergy
John H. Aughey, fully John Hill Aughey
American Writer and Presbyterian Clergy
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.
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.
A cheerful spirit is one of the most valuable gifts ever bestowed upon humanity by a kind Creator. It is the sweetest and most fragrant flower of the Spirit, that constantly sends out its beauty and fragrance, and blesses everything within its reach. It will sustain the soul in the darkest and most dreary places of this world. It will hold in check the demons of despair, and stifle the power of discouragement and hopelessness. It is the brightest star that ever cast its radiance over the darkened soul, and one that seldom sets in the gloom of morbid fancies and forboding imaginations.
God brings men into deep waters, not to drown them, but to cleanse them.
Let not the stream of your life be a murmuring stream.
The great comprehensive truths written in letters of living light on every page of our history are these: Human happiness has no perfect security but freedom; freedom none but virtue; virtue none but knowledge; and neither freedom nor virtue has any vigor of immortal hope.
A firm faith is the best theology; a good life is the best philosophy; a clear conscience the best law; honesty the best policy, and temperance the best physic.
God makes crosses of great variety; He makes some of iron and lead, that look as if they must crush; some of straw, that seem so light, and yet are no less difficult to carry; some He makes of precious stones and gold, that dazzle the eye and excite the envy of spectators, but in reality are as well able to crucify as those which are so much dreaded.
Many men affect to despise fear, and in preaching resent any appeal to it; but not to fear when there is occasion is as great a weakness as to fear unduly without reason. God implanted fear in the soul as truly as He implanted hope or courage.
A hope unaccompanied with a godly life had better be given up, and the sooner the better; for, if retained, it will prove as a spider?s web when God shall take away the soul.
God strikes not as an enemy, to destroy; but as a father, to correct.
No books are so legible as the lives of men; no character so plain as their moral conduct.
A little thing will keep them from the house of God who have no desire to go to it.
God?s corrections are our instructions; His lashes our lessons, and His scourges our schoolmasters.
None should expect to prosper who go out of the way of duty.
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.