Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Forgiveness As Motivation

"It is forgiveness that sets a man working for God.  He does not work in order to be forgiven, but because he has been forgiven, and the consciousness of his sin being pardoned makes him long more for its entire removal than ever he did before."  ~ Horatius Bonar

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Memorize And Remember

"But let me say as graciously but as firmly as I can"  We cannot effectively pursue holiness without the Word of God stored up in our minds where it can be used by the Holy Spirit to transform us." ~ Jerry Bridges, The Discipline of Grace

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

God Loves His Children

"The greatest sorrow and burden you can lay on the Father, the greatest unkindness you can do to him is not to believe that he loves you." ~ John Owen

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Motives For Obedience

"Other motives besides pride can taint our obedience.  Probably next after pride is the motive of not wanting to feel guilty . . . You have committed some particular sin many times before and you know well the guilt feelings that have followed the act.  Your motive for struggling against that temptation is to avoid the guilt that follows, rather than to express love to God."  ~ Jerry Bridges, The Discipline of Grace

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Dead To Sin

"We no longer live in the realm of sin, under its reign and practical dominion.  We have, to use Paul's words, died to sin . . . Our sin is a burden that afflicts us rather than a pleasure that delights us." ~ Jerry Bridges, The Discipline of Grace

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Living By Grace

"As Christians . . . in our everyday relationship with God, most of us are no different in our thinking than the unbelievers who think they will go to heaven because they've been good enough.  To live by grace, we must rid ourselves of such thinking."  ~ Jerry Bridges, The Discipline of Grace

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Refined & Respectable Sins

"One of our problems with these so-called refined sins is that we have become too comfortable with the whole concept of sin.  Because we do sin so frequently we learn to coexist with it as long as it doesn't get too out of control or scandalous.  We forget, or perhaps have never learned, how seriously God regards all sin."  ~ Jerry Bridges, The Discipline of Grace