"The Lord has adopted us to be his children on this condition that we reveal an imitation of Christ who is the mediator of our adoption.
Unless we ardently and prayerfully devote ourselves to Christ’s righteousness, we do no only faithlessly revolt from our creator, but we also abjure him as our Savior."
"So long as men judge themselves by themselves, and compare themselves among themselves, they will be in the dark as to their true character. It is not until they judge themselves by the perfect standard of duty contained in the law of God, that they can have any proper knowledge of their real character. It is in his light that we see light."
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.
But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believein him and receive eternal life.
1 Timothy 1:15-16
"External Christianity is not enough.
For no one has any communion with Christ but he who has received the true knowledge of him from the word of the Gospel.
The gospel is not a doctrine to be of the tongue, but of life. It cannot be grasped by reason and memory only, but it is fully understood when it possesses the whole soul and penetrates to the inner recesses of the heart. Our religion will be unprofitable if it does not change our heart, pervade our manners, and transform us into new creatures."
"The purpose of theology is not to tickle our intellects but to instruct us in the ways of God, so that we can grow up into maturity and fullness of obedience to Him. That is why we engage in theology."
"This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love: the more they give, the more they possess."
"Write loyalty and kindness deep within your heart."
i wonder if the person who wrote this knew the weight of these words. what it really meant to wholeheartedly sing this. to actually pray for God to strengthen our faith no matter where He had to take us. wherever He would call us. I wonder if we would sing those words if we knew how God would answer them. I’m almost thankful His specific will for my life is only slowly revealed, and He guides me day by day in love as He calls me out to deeper and deeper waters where He is my only Anchor, my only hope.