The basic purpose of prayer is not to bend God's will to mine, but to mold my will into His.

— Timothy Keller

The most captivate Timothy Keller quotes that will inspire your inner self

Legalistic remorse says, "I broke God's rules," while real repentance says, "I broke God's heart."


Jesus didn't come to tell us the answers to the questions of life, he came to be the answer.


Everyone says they want community and friendship.

But mention accountability or commitment to people, and they run the other way.


There are some needs only you can see.

There are some hands only you can hold. There are some people only you can reach.


In religion, you obey because God is useful. In Christianity, you obey because God is beautiful.


If our identity is in our work, rather than Christ, success will go to our heads, and failure will go to our hearts.


Jesus Christ was treated as we deserved so that when we believe in Jesus, God treats us as Jesus deserves.


If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that he said;

if he didn't rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said? The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead.


We need to remember that we are saved by grace when we fail.

But we need to remember it much more when we succeed.


Love without truth is sentimentality;

it supports and affirms us but keeps us in denial about our flaws. Truth without love is harshness; it gives us information but in such a way that we cannot really hear it.


God's grace and forgiveness, while free to the recipient, are always costly for the giver. From the earliest parts of the Bible, it was understood that God could not forgive without sacrifice. No one who is seriously wronged can “just forgive” the perpetrator.


Religion: 'My identity is built on being a good person.

' Gospel: 'My identity is not built on my record or my performance but on Christ's.'


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Worry is not believing God will get it right, and bitterness is believing God got it wrong.


Secularism and Religion are both all about your personal performance.

The Gospel is the performance of another applied to you.


Many times people think if God has called you to something, he's promising you success. He might be calling you to fail to prepare you for something else through the failure.


Those who understand the gospel cannot possibly look down on anyone, since they were saved by sheer grace, not by their perfect doctrine or strong moral character.


Friends become wiser together through a healthy clash of viewpoints.


...the essence of gospel-humility is not thinking more of myself or thinking less of myself, it is thinking of myself less.


I am going to judge my circumstances by Jesus’ love, not Jesus’ love by my circumstances.


Jesus came into this world not as a philosopher or a general but as a carpenter.

All work matters to God.


If the church does not identify with the marginalized, it will itself be marginalized. This is God's poetic justice.


We are called not simply to communicate the gospel to nonbelievers;

we must also intentionally celebrate the gospel before them.


Religion says earn your life. Secular society says create your life. Jesus says, 'My life for your life.


Tolerance isn't about not having beliefs.

It's about how your beliefs lead you to treat people who disagree with you.


When I forget the gospel I become dependent on the smiles and evaluation of others.


We must have a strong inner life of fellowship and intimacy with Jesus if we are going to have a strong outer life of ministry


Job never saw why he suffered, but he saw God, and that was enough.


If we have not seen our sin and sought radical forgiveness from God, we will be unable to forgive and to seek the good of those who have wronged us.


When you forgive, that means you absorb the loss and the debt.

You bear it yourself. All forgiveness, then, is costly.


We would say homosexuality is not the original design for sexuality.

Therefore, it’s not good for human flourishing. We want people to do things that are good for human flourishing. But that’s not what sends you to heaven or Hell.


The great basis of Christian assurance is not how much our hearts are set on God, but how unshakably his heart is set on us.


When we grasp that we are unworthy sinners saved by an infinitely costly grace, it destroys both our self-righteousn ess and our need to ridicule others.


When love of one's people becomes an absolute, it turns into racism.

When love of equality turns into a supreme thing, it can result in hatred and violence toward anyone who has led a privileged life. It is the settled tendency of human societies to turn good political causes into counterfeit gods.


Fear-based repentance makes us hate ourselves. Joy-based repentance makes us hate the sin.


The Bible says that our real problem is that every one of us is building our identity on something besides Jesus.


When people say, "I know God forgives me, but I can't forgive myself," they mean that they have failed an idol, whose approval is more important than God's.


Think like a prophet, serve like a priest, and plan like a king.


The infallible test of spiritual integrity, Jesus says, is your private prayer life.


Suffering can refine us rather than destroy us because God himself walks with us in the fire.


In the church we have to deliberately let ourselves be transparent and accountable to others. We're a family.


Jesus experienced homelessness at Christmas so that we could experience a love we could never lose.


Nothing is more important than to learn how to maintain a life of purpose in the midst of painful adversity.


What you do today is shaped by what you believe about tomorrow.


There is no way to have a real relationship without becoming vulnerable to hurt.

Christmas tells us that God became breakable and fragile. God became someone we could hurt. Why? To get us back... No other religion-whethe r secularism, Greco-Roman paganism, Eastern religion, Judaism, or Islam-believes God became breakable or suffered or had a body.


Because of Jesus-there is always hope, even in the darkest moments of your life.


As long as we think we are not that bad, the idea of grace will never change us.


Marriage has the power to set the course of your life as a whole.

If your marriage is strong, even if all the circumstances in your life around you are filled with trouble and weakness, it won't matter. You will be able to move out into the world in strength.


The secret to freedom from enslaving patterns of sin is worship.

You need worship. You need great worship. You need weeping worship. You need glorious worship. You need to sense God’s greatness and to be moved it — moved to tears and moved to laughter — moved by who God is and what he has done for you.


Suffering is unbearable if you aren’t certain that God is for you and with you.