We must give up the vain idea of trying to please everybody. That is impossible, and the attempt is a mere waste of time. We must be content to walk in Christ's steps, and let the world say what it likes.— J. C. Ryle
The most courageous J. C. Ryle quotes that will be huge advantage for your personal development
True Christianity is not merely believing a certain set of dry abstract propositions: it is to live in daily personal communication with an actual living person - Jesus Christ.
Never does a person see any beauty in Christ as a Savior, until they discover that they are a lost and ruined sinner.
If you love Christ, never be ashamed to let others see it and know it.
Speak for Him. Witness for Him. Live for Him.
A religion that costs nothing is worth nothing.
A cheap Christianity, without a cross, will prove in the end a useless Christianity, without a crown.
Backsliding, generally first begins with neglect of private prayer.
According to the men of the world, few are going to hell;
According to the Bible, few are going to heaven.
No time is so well spent in every day as that which we spend upon our knees.
Wealth is no mark of God’s favor. Poverty is no mark of God’s displeasure.
It costs something to be a true Christian.
It will cost us our sins, our self-righteousn ess, our ease and our worldliness.
Let us receive nothing, believe nothing, follow nothing which is not in the Bible, nor can be proved by the Bible.
Beware of manufacturing a God of your own: a God who is all mercy, but not just.
Such a God is an idol of your own.
It is neglect of the Bible which makes so many a prey to the first false teacher whom they hear.
And I believe it to be a signal evidence of the Spirit's presence when the Word is really precious to a man 's soul.
The only way to be really happy in such a world as this, is to be ever casting all our cares on God.
The 'means of grace' are such as Bible reading, private prayer, and regularly worshiping God in Church, wherein one hears the Word taught and participates in the Lord's Supper.
True repentance begins with KNOWLEDGE of sin.
It goes on to work SORROW for sin. It leads to CONFESSION of sin before God. It shows itself before a person by a thorough BREAKING OFF from sin. It results in producing a DEEP HATRED for all sin.
It is not hard to deceive ministers, relatives and friends. But it is impossible to deceive Christ.
HATE SIN! Instead of loving it, cleaving to it, excusing it, playing with it, we ought to hate it with a deadly hatred.
We must read our Bibles like men digging for hidden treasure.
Our Lord has many weak children in his family, many dull pupils in his school, many raw soldiers in his army, many lame sheep in his flock. Yet he bears with them all, and casts none away. Happy is that Christian who has learned to do likewise with his brethren.
We know but little of true Christianity, if we don't feel a deep concern about the souls of unconverted people.
God knew what we were before conversion - wicked, guilty, and defiled;
yet He loved us. He knows what we will be after conversion - weak, erring, and frail; yet He loves us.
I maintain that to tell a person they are born again, while they are living in carelessness or sin, is a dangerous delusion.
Since Satan can't destroy the gospel, he has too often neutralized its usefulness by addition, subtraction or substitution.
O Christian, look up and take comfort.
Jesus has prepared a place for you, and those who follow Him shall never perish, neither shall anyone pluck them out of His hands.
Conversion is not putting a man in an armchair and taking him easily to heaven.
It is the beginning of a mighty conflict, in which it costs much to win the victory.
Faith is to the soul what life is to the body.
Prayer is to faith what breath is to the body. How a person can live and not breathe is past my comprehension, and how a person can believe and not pray is past my comprehension too.
Trials are intended to make us think, to wean us from the world, to send us to the Bible, to drive us to our knees.
There will be no universal peace until the Prince of Peace appears.
Are you tempted? Look unto Jesus. Are you afflicted? Look unto Jesus. Do all speak evil of you? Look unto Jesus. Do you feel cold, dull, and backsliding? Look unto Jesus.
The true Christian delights to read the Scriptures, because they tell him about his beloved Savior.
Pride comes from not knowing yourself and the world.
The older you grow, and the more you see, the less reason you will find for being proud. Ignorance and inexperience are the pedestal of pride; once the pedestal is removed - pride will soon come down.
If you want to find out how much someone loves you, find out how much they pray for you.
Your trials, crosses, and conflicts are all temporary.
The first step towards attaining a higher standard of holiness is to realize more fully the amazing sinfulness of sin.
Abide in Me says Jesus. Cling to Me. Stick fast to Me. Live the life of close and intimate communion with Me. Get nearer to Me. Roll every burden on Me. Cast your whole weight on Me. Never let go your hold on Me for a moment. Be, as it were, rooted and planted in Me. Do this and I will never fail you. I will ever abide in you.
By affliction He teaches us many precious lessons, which without it we should never learn. By affliction He shows us our emptiness and weakness, draws us to the throne of grace, purifies our affections, weans us from the world, makes us long for heaven.
True Christian is not an angel; he is not a halfangelic being, in whom is no weakness, or blemish, or infirmity: he is nothing of the kind. He is nothing more than a sinner who has found out his sinfulness, and has learned the blessed secret of living by faith in Christ.
To be prayerless is to be without God, without Christ, without grace, without hope, and without heaven.
Men fall in private long before they fall in public.
The fear of punishment, the desire of reward, the sense of duty, are all useful arguments, in their way, to persuade people to holiness. But they are all weak and powerless, until a person loves Christ.
Laughter, ridicule, opposition, persecution, are often the only reward which Christ's followers get from the world.
Look not to yourselves! You are by nature wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked. Look simply unto Jesus.
Take away the cross of Christ, and the Bible is a dark book.
Never let us be guilty of sacrificing any portion of truth on the altar of peace.
However corrupt our hearts, and however wicked our past lives, there is hope for us in the Gospel.
Let us beware of repentance without evidence.
Sin forsaken is one of the best evidences of sin forgiven.
What you think now about the cross of Christ, I cannot tell;
but I can wish you nothing better than this - that you may be able to say with the apostle Paul, before you die or meet the Lord, 'God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.'