I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I want to be, I am not what I hope to be in another world; but still I am not what I once used to be, and by the grace of God I am what I am

— John Newton

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Although my memory's fading, I remember two things very clearly: I am a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior.


Amazing grace! how sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me! I once was lost but now am found, Was blind but now i see.


When people are right with God, they are apt to be hard on themselves and easy on other people. But when they are not right with God, they are easy on themselves and hard on others.


We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it.

But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday's burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.


When I was young, I was sure of many things;

now there are only two things of which I am sure: one is, that I am a miserable sinner; and the other, that Christ is an all-sufficient Saviour. He is well-taught who learns these two lessons.


If the Lord be with us, we have no cause of fear.

His eye is upon us, His arm over us, His ear open to our prayer--His grace sufficient, His promises unchangeable.


God sometimes does His work with gentle drizzle, not storms.


There is many a thing which the world calls disappointment;

but there is no such thing in the dictionary of faith. What to others are disappointments are to believers intimations of the will of God.


The Christian must know that the season, measure, and continuance of his sufferings are appointed by Infinite Wisdom, and designed to work for his everlasting good; and that grace and strength shall be afforded him according to his need.


I am persuaded that love and humility are the highest attainments in the school of Christ and the brightest evidences that He is indeed our Master.


What will it profit a man if he gains his cause and silences his adversary if at the same time he loses that humble, tender frame of spirit in which the Lord delights, and to which the promise of his presence is made?


How Sweet the name of Jesus... the rock on which I build, my shield and hiding place, my never failing treasury, filled with boundless stores of grace.


About John Newton

Quotes 72 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Soldier
Birthday October 16

The best advice I can give you: Look unto Jesus, beholding his beauty in the written word.


How many times has He delivered me! Yet, alas! How distrustful and ungrateful is my heart even until the present!


Many are convinced, who are not truly enlightened;

are afraid of the consequences of sin, though they never saw its evil; have a seeming desire of salvation, which is not founded upon a truly spiritual discovery of their own wretchedness, and the excellency of Jesus.


If our zeal is embittered by expressions of anger, invective, or scorn—we may think we are doing service of the cause of truth, when in reality we shall only bring it into discredit!


Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come;

'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far, And grace will lead me home.


A real friendship should not fade as time passes, and should not weaken because of space separation.


I look upon prayer-meetings as the most profitable exercises (excepting the public preaching) in which Christians can engage. They have a direct tendency to kill a worldly, trifling spirit, and to draw down a Divine blessing upon all our concerns, compose differences, and enkindle (at least maintain) the flames of Divine love amongst brethren.


As to myself, if I were not a Calvinist, I think I should have no more hope of success in preaching to men, than to horses or cows.


I am a great Sinner and God is a great Savior


The art of spreading rumors may be compared to the art of pin-making.

There is usually some truth, which I call the wire; as this passes from hand to hand, one gives it a polish, another a point, others make and put on the head, and at last the pin is completed.


By one hour's intimate access to the throne of grace, where the Lord causes His glory to pass before the soul that seeks Him you may acquire more true spiritual knowledge and comfort than a day's or a week's converse with the best of men, or the most.


I once was lost, but now am found.


But by the grace of God I am what I am


Many have puzzled themselves about the origin of evil.

I am content to observe that there is evil, and that there is a way to escape from it, and with this I begin and end.


A bowler can make or break a chap.


If you once love Him, you will study to please Him.


Glorious things of thee are spoken, Zion, city of our God!


"What Thou wilt, when Thou wilt, how Thou wilt.

" I had rather speak these three sentences from my heart in my mother tongue than be master of all the languages in Europe.


To embrace what are called the Calvinistic doctrines was an infallible token of a humble mind.


The midsummer sun shines but dim, The fields strive in vain to look gay;

But when I am happy in Him December's as pleasant as May.


Zeal without knowledge is like expedition to a man in the dark.


Though the island of Great Britain exhibits but a small spot upon the map of the globe, it makes a splendid appearance in the history of mankind, and for a long space has been signally under the protection of God and a seat of peace, liberty and truth.


Though troubles assail And dangers affright, Though friends should all fail And foes all unite; Yet one thing secures us, Whatever betide, The scripture assures us, The Lord will provide.


So long as men are compassionate to such a degree that they cannot hear a fly struggling in a spider's web without emotion it can never be reasonably maintained that it is their natural impulse to wound and kill the dumb animals, or to butcher one another in what is called the field of honour.


I endeavored to renounce society, that I might avoid temptation.

But it was a poor religion; so far as it prevailed, only tended to make me gloomy, stupid, unsociable, and useless.


Faith upholds a Christian under all trials, by assuring him that every painful dispensation is under the direction of his Lord.


Christ has taken our nature into Heaven to represent us;

and has left us on earth, with His nature, to represent Him.


Zeal is that pure and heavenly flame,The fire of love supplies ;

While that which often bears the name,Is self in a disguise.True zeal is merciful and mild,Can pity and forbear ;The false is headstrong, fierce and wild,And breathes revenge and war.


The Law was given by Moses; the moral law, to discover the extent and abounding sin; the ceremonial law, to point out, by typical sacrifices and ablutions, the way in which forgiveness was to be sought and obtained. But grace, to relieve us from the condemnation of the one, and truth answerable to the types and shadows of the other, came by Jesus Christ.


If we venture beyond the pale of Scripture, we are.

..exposed to all the illusions of imagination and enthusiasm.


This is faith: a renouncing of everything we are apt to call our own and relying wholly upon the blood, righteousness and intercession of Jesus.


A minister full of comforts & free from failings as an angel, though he would be happy, wouldn't be a good or useful preacher


There are many who stumble in the noon-day, not for want of light, but for want of eyes.


Experience is the Lord's school, and they who are taught by Him usually learn by the mistakes they make that in themselves they have no wisdom; and by their slips and falls, that they have no strength.


All shall work together for good; everything is needful that He sends; nothing can be needful that He withholds.


Thou art coming to a King, large petitions with thee bring, for His grace and power are such none can ever ask too much.


May we sit at the foot of the cross; and there learn what sin has done, what justice has done, what love has done.

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