English Puritan Divine and Author
English Puritan Divine and Author
Take no truths upon trust, but all upon trial.
Though there is nothing more dangerous, yet there is nothing more ordinary, than for weak saints to make their sense and feeling the judge of their condition. We must strive to walk by faith.
The best and sweetest flowers of paradise God gives to His people when they are upon their knees. Prayer is the gate of heaven.
The best way to do ourselves good is to be doing good to others; the best way to gather is to scatter.
Time is a jewel more worth than a world. Time is not yours to dispose of as you please; it is a glorious talent that men must be accountable for as well as any other talent.
The first great work that men are to attend in this world is the eternal safety and security of their souls; the next great work is to know, to be assured, that it shall go well with their souls forever.
When Satan attempts to draw you to sin by presenting God as a God all made up of mercy, oh then reply, that though God's general mercy extend to all the works of his hand, yet his special mercy is confined to those who are divinely qualified, to those who love him and keep his commandments, to those who trust in him, that by hope hang upon him, and who fear him; and that you must be such a one here, or else you can never be happy hereafter; you must partake of his special mercy, or else eternally perish in everlasting misery, notwithstanding God's general mercy.
The giving way to a less sin makes way for the committing of a greater.
You are wise, and know how to apply it.
The lives of ministers oftentimes convince more strongly than their words; their tongues may persuade, but their lives command.
You have no lease of your lives, and death is not bound to give you warning before it gives you that deadly blow that will send you to everlasting misery or everlasting felicity.
The lives of such are most desirable, and the deaths of such will be most lamented, who make it their business to serve their generation.
Your life is short, your duties many, your assistance great, and your reward sure; therefore faint not, hold on and hold up, in ways of well-doing, and heaven shall make amends for all.
The more any man is in the contemplation of truth, the more fairer and firmer impression is made upon his heart by truth.
The nearer any soul draws to God, the more humble will that soul lie before God...the most holy men have always been the most humble men...If the work be good, though never so low, humility will put a hand to it; so will not pride.
The only way to avoid cannon-shot is to fall down. No such way to be freed from temptation as to keep low.
Sins against God's mercy will bring the greatest and sorest judgments upon men's heads and hearts. Mercy is God's Alpha, justice is His Omega.
The snow covers many a dunghill, so doth prosperity many a rotten heart.
So many read good books and get nothing, because they read them over cursorily, slightly, superficially.
There is no soul under heaven that commonly lies under the commanding power of the Word, but that soul that has an interest in the Word of Promise.
Such as diligently search the Scripture shall find that true blessedness, happiness, and salvation is attributed to several signs: sometimes to the fear of God, sometimes to faith, sometimes to repentance, sometimes to love, sometimes to meekness, sometimes to humility, sometimes to patience, sometimes to poverty of spirit, sometimes to holy mourning, sometimes to hungering and thirsting after righteousness; so that if a godly man can find any one of those in himself, he may safely and groundedly conclude of his salvation and justification, though he cannot see all those signs in him.
There is no such way to attain to greater measures of grace, as for a man to live up to that little grace he has.
Such as have made a considerable improvement of their gifts and graces, have hearts as large as their heads; whereas most men's heads have outgrown their hearts.