Holiness is nothing else but the habitual and predominant devotion and dedication of soul, and body, and life, and all that we have to God; and esteeming, and loving, and serving, and seeking Him, before all the pleasures and prosperity of the flesh.— Richard Baxter
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Make careful choice of the books which you read: let the holy scriptures ever have the pre-eminence, and, next to them, those solid, lively, heavenly treatises which best expound and apply the scriptures, and next, credible histories, especially of the Church... but take heed of false teachers who would corrupt your understandings.
Of all the preaching in the world, I hate that preaching which tends to make the hearers laugh, or to move their minds with tickling levity and affect them as stage plays used to, instead of affecting them with a holy reverence for the name of God.
Lay siege to your sins, and starve them out by keeping away the food and fuel which is their maintenance and life.
The longer you delay, the more your sin gets strength and rooting.
If you cannot bend a twig, how will you be able to bend it when it is a tree?
A foolish physician he is, and a most unfaithful friend, that will let a sick man die for fear of troubling him; and cruel wretches are we to our friends, that will rather suffer them to go quietly to hell, then we will anger them, or hazard our reputation with them.
If they can see you love them, you can say anything to them.
Study hard, for the well is deep, and our brains are shallow.
You are not likely to see any general reformation, till you procure family reformation.
Hell is paved with infants skulls.
Be careful how you spend your time: Spend your time in nothing which you know must be repented of.
To be the people of God without regeneration, is as impossible as to be the children of men without generation.
The heart is naturally hard, and grows harder by custom in sin, especially by long abuse of mercy, neglect of the means of grace, and resisteing the spirit of grace.
Keep up your conjugal love in a constant heat and vigor.
Love will suppress wrath: you cannot have a bitter mind upon small provocations, against those that you dearly love.
An aching tooth is better out than in. To lose a rotting member is a gain.
If I were but sure that I should live to see the coming of the Lord, it would be the joyfulest tidings in the world. O that I might see His kingdom come! It is the characteristic of His saints to love His appearing, and to look for that blessed hope. "The Spirit and the bride say, Come." "Even so, come, Lord Jesus."
We are ignorant of things necessary, because we learn things superfluous and unnecessary
For it was thy sin, and the sin of all the world, that lay upon our Redeemer, and his sacrifice and satisfaction is sufficient for all, and the fruits of it are offered to one as well as another, but it is true that it was never the intent of his mind to pardon and save any that would not by faith and repentance be converted.
The very design of the gospel doth tend to self-abasing;
and the work of grace is begun and carried on in humiliation. Humility is not a mere ornament of a Christian, but an essential part of the new creature: it is a contradiction to be a sanctified man, or a true Christian, and not humble.
God takes men's hearty desires and will, instead of the deed, where they have not power to fulfill it; but he never took the bare deed instead of the will.
A man pleaser cannot be true to God, because he is a servant to the enemies of his service; the wind of a man's mouth will drive him about as the chaff, from any duty, and to any sin.
In hell, sinners shall forever lay all the blame on their own wills.
Hell is a rational torment by conscience.
Unity in things Necessary, Liberty in things Unnecessary, and Charity in all.
Do not mathematics and all sciences seem full of contradictions and impossibilities to the ignorant, which are all resolved and cleared to those that understand them?
I tell you again, God hath not ordinarily decreed the end without the means;
and if you will neglect the means of salvation, it is a certain mark that God hath not decreed you to salvation. But you shall find that He hath left you no excuse, because He hath not thus predestined you.
It is not the reading of many books which is necessary to make a man wise or good; but well reading of a few.
O what a blessed day that will be when I shall .
. . stand on the shore and look back on the raging seas I have safely passed; when I shall review my pains and sorrows, my fears and tears, and possess the glory which was the end of all!
When Christ comes with regenerating grace, he finds no man sitting still, but all posting to eternal ruin, and making haste toward hell; till, by conviction, he first brings them to a stand, and then, by conversion, turn first their hearts, and then their lives, sincerely to himself.
The more perfect the sight is the more delightful the beautiful object.
The more perfect the appetite, the sweeter the food. The more musical the ear, the more pleasant the melody. The more perfect the soul, the more joyous the joys of heaven, and the more glorious that glory.
In our first paradise in Eden there was a way to go out but no way to go in again. But as for the heavenly paradise, there is a way to go in, but not way to go out.
Keep company with the more cheerful sort of the Godly;
there is no mirth like the mirth of believers.
Make careful choice of the books which you read: let the holy Scriptures ever have the preeminence.
Such is the depth of the Christian Scriptures, that even if I were attempting to study them and nothing else from early boyhood to decrepit old age, with the utmost leisure, the most unwearied zeal, and talents greater than I have, I would be still daily making progress in discovering their treasures.
Dangers bring fears, and fears more dangers bring.
Paganism attributes the creation of the world to blind chance.
Above all be much in secret prayer and meditation.
By this you will fetch the heavenly fire that must kindle your sacrifice: remember you cannot decline and neglect your duty to your own hurt alone, many will be losers by it as well as you.
You will cast away your cards and dice when you find the sweetness of youthful learning.
Special mercy arouses more gratitude than universal mercy.
Sinners, hear and consider, if you wilfully condemn your souls to bestiality, God will condemn them to perpetual misery.
It is as hard a thing to maintain a sound understanding, a tender conscience, a lively, gracious, heavenly spirit, and an upright life in the midst of contention, as to keep your candle lighted in the greatest storms.
We shall then have joy without sorrow, and rest without weariness.
..Be of good cheer, Christian, the time is near, when God and thou shalt be near, and as near as thou canst well desire. Thou shalt dwell in his family.
What we most value, we shall think no pains too great to gain.
Despair of ever being saved, "except thou be born again," or of seeing God "without holiness," or of having part in Christ except thou "love him above father, mother, or thy own life." This kind of despair is one of the first steps to heaven.
The churchyard is the market place where all things are rated at their true value, and those who are approaching it talk of the world and its vanities with a wisdom unknown before.
I take the love of God and self-denial to be the sum of all saving grace and religion.
When the Son of God comes to rescue us and bring us back to God, He does not find in us the ability to believe.
It is not the reading of many books which is necessary to make a man wise or good, but the well-reading of a few, could he be sure to have the best. And it is not possible to read over many on the same subject without a great deal of loss of precious time.
An ounce of mirth is worth a pound of sorrow.
This is the sanctification of your studies: when they are devoted to God, and when He is the end, the object, and the life of them all.
Our very business is to teach the great lesson of self-denial and humility to our people, and how unfit is it then that we should be proud ourselves!