Love gives beauty to everything it touches. Not greed and utility; they produce offices, but not dwelling houses. To be able to love material things, to clothe them with tender grace, and yet not be attached to them, this is a great service.
The best people need afflictions for trial of their virtue. How can we exercise the grace of contentment, if all things succeed well; or that of forgiveness, if we have no enemies?
Different minds incline to different objects; one pursues the vast alone, the wonderful, the wild; another sighs for harmony and grace, and gentlest beauty.
Soldiers that carry their lives in their hands, should carry the grace of God in their hearts.
Nothing is thought rare which is not new, and followed; yet we know that what was worn some twenty years ago comes into grace again.
The grandest operations, both in nature and in grace, are the most silent and imperceptible. The shallow brook babbles in its passage, and is heard by every one; but the coming on of the seasons is silent and unseen. The storm rages and alarms, but its fury is soon exhausted, and its effects are partial and soon remedied; but the dew, though gentle and unheard, is immense in quantity, and the very life of large portions of the earth. And these are pictures of the operations of the grace in the church and in the soul.
Conversation by the Holy Spirit is a spiritual illumination of the soul. God’s grace lights up the dark heart.
Grace is the outcome of inward harmony.
Accustom yourself gradually to carry prayer into all your daily occupations. Speak, move, work, in peace, as if you were in prayer, as indeed you ought to be. Do everything with excitement, by the spirit of grace.
As knowledge advances, science ceases to scoff at religion; and religion ceases to frown on science. The hour of mockery by the one, and of reproof by the other, is passing away. Henceforth, they will dwell together in unity and good-will. They will mutually illustrate the wisdom, power, and grace of God. Science will adorn and enrich religion; and religion will ennoble and sanctify science.
To be human is to suffer loss. To lose it to grieve. To grieve is to heal. Grace and power to you in leaning in to and moving through that painful process.
This is Daddy's little secret for today: Man is born broken. He lives by mending. The grace of God is glue.
When the righteous man searches for the nature of things, he makes his own admirable discovery: that everything is God's grace.
Let a man begin in earnest with “ ought,” and he will end, by God’s grace, if he persevere, with “I will.” Let him force himself to abound in all small offices of kindliness, attention, affectionateness, and all these for God’s sake. By and by he will feel them become the habit of the soul.
To experience religion is to experience the truth of the great doctrines of divine grace.
Property exists by grace of the law. It is not a fact, but a legal fiction.
To be present with the sensations in our body is not an act of will. It is a kind of equanimity or grace. In such movements we feel our activity belonging to life.
Faith is a certain image of eternity. All things are present to it - things past, and things to come; it converses with angels, and antedates the hymns of glory. Every man that hath this grace is as certain there are glories for him, if he perseveres in duty, as if he had heard and sung thanksgiving song for the blessed sentence of doomsday.
Fair-handed spring unbosoms every grace.
What is happiness other than the grace of being permitted to unfold to their fullest bloom all the spiritual powers planted within us.