Holiness Quotes

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1. “For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche. In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there, they struggle with all the force of their lives for one thing only: to fulfil themselves according to their own laws, to build up their own form, to represent themselves. Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree. When a tree is cut down and reveals its naked death-wound to the sun, one can read its whole history in the luminous, inscribed disk of its trunk: in the rings of its years, its scars, all the struggle, all the suffering, all the sickness, all the happiness and prosperity stand truly written, the narrow years and the luxurious years, the attacks withstood, the storms endured. And every young farmboy knows that the hardest and noblest wood has the narrowest rings, that high on the mountains and in continuing danger the most indestructible, the strongest, the ideal trees grow. Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life. A tree says: A kernel is hidden in me, a spark, a thought, I am life from eternal life. The attempt and the risk that the eternal mother took with me is unique, unique the form and veins of my skin, unique the smallest play of leaves in my branches and the smallest scar on my bark. I was made to form and reveal the eternal in my smallest special detail. A tree says: My strength is trust. I know nothing about my fathers, I know nothing about the thousand children that every year spring out of me. I live out the secret of my seed to the very end, and I care for nothing else. I trust that God is in me. I trust that my labor is holy. Out of this trust I live. When we are stricken and cannot bear our lives any longer, then a tree has something to say to us: Be still! Be still! Look at me! Life is not easy, life is not difficult. Those are childish thoughts. Let God speak within you, and your thoughts will grow silent. You are anxious because your path leads away from mother and home. But every step and every day lead you back again to the mother. Home is neither here nor there. Home is within you, or home is nowhere at all. A longing to wander tears my heart when I hear trees rustling in the wind at evening. If one listens to them silently for a long time, this longing reveals its kernel, its meaning. It is not so much a matter of escaping from one's suffering, though it may seem to be so. It is a longing for home, for a memory of the mother, for new metaphors for life. It leads home. Every path leads homeward, every step is birth, every step is death, every grave is mother. So the tree rustles in the evening, when we stand uneasy before our own childish thoughts: Trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours. They are wiser than we are, as long as we do not listen to them. But when we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy. Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.”

Tags : Eternity Fear Forests History Holiness Home Life Longing Poet Roots Self Discovery Spirituality Strength Trees Trust
Author : Hermann Hesse
Source : Bäume. Betrachtungen und Gedichte

2. “Always seek justice, but love only mercy. To love justice and hate mercy is but a doorway to more injustice.”

Tags : Bigotry Civil Rights Consideration Creed Doorway Forgiveness Grace Holiness Honor Humanity Hypocrisy Justice Knowledge Law Mercy Noble Open Mindedness Payback Politics Punishment Responsibility Revenge Seek Truth Vengeance Wisdom
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Healology

3. “Newspapers are the Bibles of worldlings.How diligently they read them!Here they find their law and profits,their judges and chronicles,their epistles and revelations.”

Tags : Christian God Holiness Jesus Newspapers Revivalist

4. “Character that is fruit-producing can be summed up in the mastery of these 5 qualities: morals, but a sense of humor; love, but respect for criticism; intelligence without pretense; humility without self-loathing; and a mind open, but with solid convictions.”

Tags : Character Compass Conviction Criticism Discipline Fruit Funny Funny But True Holiness Humor Intelligence Love Moral Moral Compass Morality Open Mindedness Pretense Principles Self Loathing Sense Of Humor Wisdom
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Healology

5. “The sun is roaring, it fills to bursting each crystal of snow. I flush with feeling, moved beyond my comprehension, and once again, the warm tears freeze upon my face. These rocks and mountains, all this matter, the snow itself, the air- the earth is ringing. All is moving, full of power, full of light.”

Tags : Beauty Holiness Mountains Mysticism Nature Sacredness Wonder
Source : The Snow Leopard

6. “I grow into these mountains like a moss. I am bewitched. The blinding snow peaks and the clarion air, the sound of earth and heaven in the silence, the requiem birds, the mythic beasts, the flags, great horns, and old carved stones, the silver ice in the black river, the Kang, the Crystal Mountain. Also, I love the common miracles-the murmur of my friends at evening, the clay fires of smudgy juniper, the coarse dull food, the hardship and simplicity, the contentment of doing one thing at a time… gradually my mind has cleared itself, and wind and sun pour through my head, as through a bell. Though we talk little here, I am never lonely; I am returned into myself. In another life-this isn’t what I know, but how I feel- these mountains were my home; there is a rising of forgotten knowledge, like a spring from hidden aquifers under the earth. To glimpse one’s own true nature is a kind of homegoing, to a place East of the Sun, West of the Moon- the homegoing that needs no home, like that waterfall on the supper Suli Gad that turns to mist before touching the earth and rises once again to the sky.”

Tags : Beauty Buddhism Holiness Landscape Meditation Mountains Nature Sacred Places Sacredness Zen
Source : The Snow Leopard

7. “The mystical perception (which is only “mystical” if reality is limited to what can be measured by the intellect and senses) is remarkably consistent in all ages and all places. All phenomena are processes, connections, all is in flux…have the mind screens knocked away to see there is no real edge to anything, that in the endless interpenetration of the universe, a molecular flow, a cosmic energy shimmers in all stone and steel as well as flesh…”

Tags : Cosmic Energy Holiness Mindfulness Mysticism Pure Experience Sacred Sacredness Wonder Zen
Source : The Snow Leopard

8. “In his first summers, forsaking all his toys, my son would stand rapt for nearly an hour in his sandbox in the orchard, as doves and redwings came and went on the warm wind, the leaves dancing, the clouds flying…the child was not observing; he was at rest in the very center of the universe, a part of things, unaware of endings and beginning, still in unison with the primordial nature of creation, letting all light and phenomena pour through.”

Tags : Beauty Children Holiness Light Mindfulness Mysticism Sacredness Wonder
Source : The Snow Leopard

9. “In what is now known as Bodh Gaya…a Buddhist temple stands beside an ancient pipal, descended from that bodhi tree, or “enlightenment tree,” and I watched the rising of the morning star and came away no wiser than before. But later I wondered if the Tibetan monks were aware that the Bodhi tree was murmuring with gusts of birds, while another large pipal, so close by that it touched the holy tree with many branches, was without life. I make no claim for the event: I simply declare what I saw at Bodh Gaya.”

Tags : Buddhism Enlightenment Holiness Nature Sacredness Sprituality Wonder
Source : The Snow Leopard

10. “A far cicada rings high and clear over the river’s heavy wash. Morning glory, a lone dandelion, cassia, orchids. So far from the nearest sea, I am taken aback by the sight of a purple land crab, like a relict of the ancient days when the Indian subcontinent, adrift on the earth’s mantle, moved northward to collide with the Asian landmass, driving these marine rocks, inch by inch, five miles into the skies. The rise of the Himalaya, begun in the Eocene, some fifty million years ago, is still continuing: an earthquake in 1959 caused mountains to fall into the rivers and changed the course of the great Brahmaputra, which comes down out of Tibet through northeastern India to join the Ganges near its delta at the Bay of Bengal.”

Tags : Beauty Geology Holiness Mountains Mysticism Nature Sacredness
Source : The Snow Leopard

11. “Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshipers met together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be, were they to become 'unity' conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship.”

Tags : Christlikeness Fellowship Friendship Holiness Sanctification Unity
Author : A.W. Tozer
Source : The Pursuit of God

12. “In the end, only God can see the heart of an individual and distinguish the difference between legalistic deadweight and the passion of holy solemnity.”

Tags : Discernment Faith God Heart Holiness Judgment Law Legalism Love Morality Motives Passion Solemnity
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Killosophy

13. “We are women, and my plea is Let me be a woman, holy through and through, asking for nothing but what God wants to give me, receiving with both hands and with all my heart whatever that is.”

Tags : Acceptance God Holiness Womanhood Women

14. “There is an expectation that true religion encourages people to have a relationship with GOD and to follow Peace with all men and Holiness.”

Tags : Expectation Faith God Holiness Peace Religion True Religion

15. “People debate over whether or not there is a literal Hell, in the literal sense often described as fire and eternal torture, which, to many, seems to be too harsh a punishment. If men really want to fear something, they should be fearing separation from God, the supposedly more comforting alternative to a literal Hell. For separation from the authorship of love, mercy, and goodness is the ultimate torture. If you think a literal Hell sounds too bad, you are very much underestimating the pain of being absolutely, wholly separated from the goodness while exposed to the reality of the holiness of God.”

Tags : Apologetics Atheist Bible Comfort Eternity Evangelism Fear God Grace Literal Philosophy Pit Of Fire Punishment Reality Separation Sin Skeptic Spirituality Suffering Theologian Torture Wrath Wrath Of God
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Killosophy

16. “God can use impure vessels to serve his holiness”

Tags : Holiness Holiness Blessings Holiness Of God Impure Sinner Sinner Quotes Sinners Sinners Like Me
Source : Pearls Of Eternity

17. “The aim is to love God because the pure heart loves loving God and because the true mind knows He deserves it. Unlike the accusations and beliefs of the critics and skeptics, it is neither an obligation of duty; nor a fear of damnation; nor a wish for power; nor a desire to appear more righteous than others; nor because God needs it; but because through all love, truth, reason, faith, honesty, and joy in and beyond oneself and the universe, He is worthy.”

Tags : Accusation Apologetics Christ Christianity Criticism God Gratitude Heart Hell Holiness Holiness Of God Intelligence Jesus Christ Joy Knowledge Praise Reason Relationship Righteousness Service Sincerity Thankfulness Truth
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Killosophy

18. “Why would we want fame, when God promises us glory? Why would we be seeking the wealth of the world when the wealth of heaven is ours? Why would we run for a crown that will perish with time, when we're called to win a crown that is imperishable?”

Tags : Christian Godly Holiness

19. “Holiness does not consist in doing extraordinary things. It consists in accepting, with a smile, what Jesus sends us. It consists in accepting and following the will of God.”

Tags : Holiness
Author : Mother Teresa
Source : Mother Teresa: In My Own Words

20. “God favors men and women who delight in being made worthy of happiness before the happiness itself.”

Tags : Blessings Considerate Delight Favor God Happiness Holiness Inconsiderate Joy Obedience Peace Righteous Righteousness Selfishness Selflessness Worth Worthiness Worthy
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Killosophy

21. “You are my Lord, because You have no need of my goodness.”

Tags : Holiness
Source : Confessions

22. “Holiness, as taught in the Scriptures, is not based upon knowledge on our part. Rather, it is based upon the resurrected Christ in-dwelling us and changing us into His likeness.”

Tags : Holiness Holy Spirit
Author : A.W. Tozer
Source : Preparing for Jesus' Return: Daily Live the Blessed Hope

23. “Holy solitaries' is a phrase no more consistent with the Gospel than holy adulterers. The Gospel of Christ knows no religion but social; no holiness, but social holiness.”

Tags : Holiness Religion
Author : John Wesley

24. “If you don’t delight in the fact that your Father is holy, holy, holy, then you are spiritually dead. You may be in a church. You may go to a Christian school. But if there is no delight in your soul for the holiness of God, you don’t know God. You don’t love God. You’re out of touch with God. You’re asleep to his character.”

Tags : God Gospel Holiness Sin
Author : R.C. Sproul
Source : Choosing My Religion

25. “When God is our Holy Father, sovereignty, holiness, omniscience, and immutability do not terrify us; they leave us full of awe and gratitude. Sovereignty is only tyrannical if it is unbounded by goodness; holiness is only terrifying if it is untempered by grace; omniscience is only taunting if it is unaccompanied by mercy; and immutability is only torturous if there is no guarantee of goodwill.”

Tags : Awe Goodwill Grace Gratitude Holiness Holy Father Immutability Mercy Omniscience Sovereignty

26. “Honor is the presence of God in man.”

Tags : Holiness Honor
Author : Pat Conroy
Source : The Lords of Discipline

27. “The simplistic way of not conforming is to see what is in style in our culture and then do the opposite. If short hair is in vogue, the nonconformist wears long hair. If going to the movies is popular, then Christians avoid movies as “worldly.” The extreme case of this may be seen in groups that refuse to wear buttons or use electricity because such things, too, are worldly. A superficial style of nonconformity is the classical pharisaical trap. The kingdom of God is not about buttons, movies, or dancing. The concern of God is not focused on what we eat or what we drink. The call of nonconformity is a call to a deeper level of righteousness, that goes beyond externals. When piety is defined exclusively in terms of externals, the whole point of the apostle’s teaching has been lost. Somehow we have failed to hear Jesus’ words that it is not what goes into a person’s mouth that deflies a person, but what comes out of that mouth. We still want to make the kingdom a matter of eating and drinking.”

Tags : Holiness Nonconformity
Author : R.C. Sproul
Source : The Holiness of God

28. “Even our tears of repentance need to be washed in the blood of the Lamb.”

Tags : Holiness Sin Sorrow Tears
Author : Jerry Bridges
Source : The Pursuit of Holiness

29. “Holiness is the strength of the soul. It comes by faith and through obedience to God's laws and ordinances. God then purifies the heart by faith, and the heart becomes purged from that which is profane and unworthy. When holiness is achieved by conforming to God's will, one knows intuitively that which is wrong and that which is right before the Lord. Holiness speaks when there is silence, encouraging that which is good or reproving that which is wrong.”

Tags : Faith Grace Holiness

30. “When you believe you reflect what is holy and good, you can see more that is good in every stage of your life. (319)”

Tags : Acceptance Good Goodness Holiness Holy Life Life S Stages Self Awareness
Source : Younger by the Day: 365 Ways to Rejuvenate Your Body and Revitalize Your Spirit

31. “The Garden is a metaphor for the following: our minds, and our thinking in terms of pairs of opposites--man and woman, good and evil--are as holy as that of a god. (50)”

Tags : Duality Garden Of Eden God Holiness
Source : Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphor

32. “In 1054, the patriarch of Constantinople and the pope excommunicated each other. That was the end of holiness for both churches.”

Tags : Holiness Pope Religion
Author : Frank Herbert
Source : The White Plague

33. “Secondly, it is the very nature of spiritual life to grow. Wherever they principle of this life is to be found, it can be no different for it must grow. "But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day" (Prov. 4:18); "The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger" (Job 17:9). This refers to the children of GOd, who are compared to palm and cedar trees (Psa. 92:12). As natural as it is for children and trees to grow, so natural is growth for the regenerated children of God.Thirdly, the growth of His children is the goal and objective God has in view by administering the means of grace to them. "And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints...that we henceforth be no more children...but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into Him in all things, which is the Head" (Eph. 4:11-15). This is also to be observed in 1 Peter 2:2: "as newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby, " God will reach His goal and His word will not return to Him void; thus God's children will grow in grace. Fourthly, is is the duty to which God's children are continually exhorted, and their activity is to consist in a striving for growth. That it is their duty is to be observed in the following passages: "But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 3:18); "He that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still" (Rev. 22:11). The nature of this activity is expressed as follows: "Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after" (Phil. 3:12). If it were not necessary for believers to grow the exhortations to that end would be in vain. Some remain feeble, having but little life and strength. this can be due to a lack of nourishment, living under a barren ministry, or being without guidance. It can also be that they naturally have a slow mind and a lazy disposition; that they have strong corruptions which draw them away; that they are without much are without much strife; that they are too busy from early morning till late evening, due to heavy labor, or to having a family with many children, and thus must struggle or are poverty-stricken. Furthermore, it can be that they either do not have the opportunity to converse with the godly; that they do not avail themselves of such opportunities; or that they are lazy as far as reading in God's Word and prayer are concerned. Such persons are generally subject to many ups and downs. At one time they lift up their heads out of all their troubles, by renewal becoming serious, and they seek God with their whole heart. It does not take long, however , and they are quickly cast down in despondency - or their lusts gain the upper hand. Thus they remain feeble and are, so to speak, continually on the verge of death. Some of them occasionally make good progress, but then grieve the Spirit of God and backslide rapidly. For some this lasts for a season, after which they are restored, but others are as those who suffer from consumption - they languish until they die. Oh what a sad condition this is! (Chapter 89. Spiritual Growth, pg. 140, 142-143)”

Tags : Holiness Sanctification
Source : The Christian's Reasonable Service, Vol. 4

34. “The Christian does not avoid sin to achieve salvation, but rather salvation brings him to a desire not to sin. The closer that one's spirit is synchronized with the holy knowledge of God, the more he comprehends how and why sin is destructive to himself and others in each and every circumstance. The dwindling desire for sin is a premature gift of Heaven - where there will be no sin, where all will, too, possess that full and complete wisdom; all will have perfect reasons not to sin. In this way, free will might still exist, but the shared wisdom of God will simply outwit all desires, impulses, and needs to sin.”

Tags : Apologetics Christian God Holiness Intelligence Knowledge Obedience Salvation Sin Temptation Transformation Wisdom
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Killosophy

35. “As we grow in the knowledge of God's holiness, even though we are growing in the practice of holiness, it seems the gap between our knowledge and our practice always gets wider. This is the Holy Spirit's way of drawing us to more and more holiness.”

Tags : God Holiness
Author : Jerry Bridges
Source : The Practice of Godliness / The Pursuit of Holiness / The Pursuit of Holiness, Bible Study

36. “My righteousness is just as good as Jesus' righteousness, because it IS Jesus' righteousness!”

Tags : Christian Faith Holiness Jesus Righteousness
Author : E.W. Kenyon

37. “The creation of man is evidence for the love of God, the preservation of man is evidence for the patience of God, and Christ is evidence for the forgiveness of God. It is when we are wrapped up in our own little peeves that we begin to displace His benevolence with malevolence.”

Tags : Apologetics Benevolence Christ Creation Evidence Faith Forgiveness God Goodness Holiness Holiness Of God Love Malevolence Patience Pet Peeve Pettiness Preservation Selfishness Sin
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Killosophy

38. “In our worldly perceptions of Jesus, we tend to embrace the kindness of his love ('be encouraged') but not the discipline of his love ('and sin no more'). But with the whole scope of his love, or maturity in Christ, we begin relying on him for guidance where we would prefer him to walk beside us rather than behind us.”

Tags : Christ Discipline Encouragement God Grace Guidance Holiness Inspirational Jesus Kindness Love Maturity Motivational Obedience Relationship Religion Sin Spiritual Understanding Worldly
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Killosophy

39. “God knew man would evolve. People think some of the Old Testament laws are absurd now because we live in a very different culture, a different time period. They had their problems and we have ours. God is constant but man is not, and he foreknew the ever-changing world his people would have to deal with; therefore, and if there is indeed an omniscient God, a Christ-like figure would be our only rational, possible connection to a constant, holy God throughout the evolution of culture and social law. The only answer that makes sense when it comes to relevance regarding religions and time periods is Christ, and the chances are slim that men could have invented it.”

Tags : Absurdity Apologetics Bible Change Connection Constant Culture Evolution Fickle Foreknowledge Freedom God Holiness Holiness Of God Humanity Jesus Law Morality New Testament Old Testament Profundity Rational Scripture Social Law
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Killosophy

40. “People have no idea what one saint can do: for sanctity is stronger than the whole of hell.”

Tags : Holiness Inspirational
Author : Thomas Merton
Source : The Seven Storey Mountain

41. “One of the consequences of sin is that it makes the sinner pity himself instead of causing him to turn to God. One of the first signs of new life is that the individual takes sides with God against himself.”

Tags : Discipleship Holiness

42. “A basket of ripe fruit is holier than any prayer book.”

Tags : Fruit Holiness Nature Religion Spirituality
Author : Marty Rubin

43. “I love you silly 'holy' book. Here's hoping everybody un-reads it.”

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44. “Any religion that promotes self righteousness, unforgiveness, hatred and intolerance and senseless violence etc is not the true religion.”

Tags : Forgiveness Hatred Holiness Peace Religion Righteousness Self Righteousness Unforgiveness Violence

45. “When we live holy we will glorify self but when we glorify God we will live holy”

Tags : Arrogance Ego Egocentrism Glorifying God Glory Of God Glory Of One God Holiness Holy Knowledge Life Life Is A Choice Philosophy Pride Quotes Satan Self Centeredness Self Glory Self Love Spirituality Ultimate Answer Ultimate Purpose Of Life Wisdom
Author : indonesia123

46. “To me, many of what seemed to be Bible contradictions only pointed to the grace of Christ. It is not so much a rule book on how to be holy as it is a prophecy of the One who can make you holy. In this, I see God as the least bigoted of all in existence: While men always, in their hearts, delight in vengeance for being wronged, God is the only Being who wants to free you from the penalty of His own laws.”

Tags : Apologetics Bigotry Book Christ Complexity Contradiction Existence Forgiven Freedom God Hell Holiness Jesus Christ Justice Karma Love Mercy Morality New Testament Old Testament Rules Salvation Saved Saved Souls Scripture Sin Vengeance
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Healology

47. “Every being, created by God and unspoiled by man, is perfect, strictly defined and autonomous, entirely complete and at the same time with a built-in ability to grow and develop. This is the essence of its dignity and holiness. It is not an embodiment of God’s immense Personality, but only one of the realisations of His perfection.”

Tags : Being Creation Creationism Creature Development Dignity Evolution God Holiness Inspirational Life Life Lessons Living Creature Nature Perfection Personality Philosophy Realisation Truth Wisdom
Source : The End of the Jesus Era

48. “God does not require a perfect, sinless life to have fellowship with Him, but He does require that we be serious about holiness, that we grieve over sin in our lives instead of justifying it, and that we earnestly pursue holiness as a way of life.”

Tags : Fellowship God Grieve Holiness Justify Life Perfect Pursue Sin Sinless Way Of Life
Author : Jerry Bridges
Source : The Pursuit of Holiness

49. “The most wonderful thing of all about the cross is that it reveals the love of God to us. It is not surprising that Paul should say to the Romans, "God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." How do we see the love of God in the cross? Ah, says the modern man, I see it in this way, that though man rejected and murdered the Son of God, God in His love still says, "All right, I still forgive you. Though you have done that to My Son, I still forgive you." Yes, that is part of it, but it is the smallest part of it. That is not the real love of God. God was not a passive spectator of the death of His Son. That is how the moderns put it - that God in heaven looked down upon it all, saw men killing His own Son, and said, "All right, I will still forgive you." But it was not we who brought God's Son to the cross. It was God. It was the predeterminate counsel and foreknowledge of God.If you really want to know what the love of God means, read what Paul wrote to the Romans: "For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh." God condemned sin in the flesh of His own Son. This is the love of God. Read again Isaiah 53, that wonderful prophecy of what happened on Calvary's hill. You notice how he goes on repeating it: "Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows... it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief." These are the terms. And they are nothing but a plain, factual description of what happened on the cross.”

Tags : Calvary Christ Christianity God Grace Holiness Love Scripture Sin The Bible The Cross Truth

50. “I believe that people are holy because they’re made in the image of God, and a place can be holy when God is present—but no place is so holy that it’s worth shedding the blood of those who bear the image of God.”

Tags : Conflict Holiness Holy Image Bearer Image Of God Jerusalem Middle East Peace War
Author : Jared Brock
Source : A Year of Living Prayerfully: How a Curious Traveler Met the Pope, Walked on Coals, Danced with Rabbis, and Revived His Prayer Life

51. “Holiness has to do with more than mere acts. Our motives must be holy, that is, arising from a desire to do something simply because it is the will of God. Our thoughts should be holy, since they are known to God even before they are formed in our minds.”

Tags : Actions Desire Holiness Holy Mind Motives Thoughts Will Of God
Author : Jerry Bridges
Source : The Pursuit of Holiness

52. “The Vicar’s talk was not always inspiriting: he had escaped being a Pharisee, but he had not escaped that low estimate of possibilities which we rather hastily arrive at as an inference from our own failure.”

Tags : Holiness Judgmental
Author : George Eliot
Source : Middlemarch

53. “My belief is that, morally, God and Satan are vaguely on the same page. According to the common understanding of Satan's origins, holiness must be in his blood: but a corrupted formula. The vital difference is that God is willing to offer grace for our sins; he delights in grace. God is the one and only holy and just punisher of sin, yes, but that is partly so because punishment for the sake of punishment is not something he loves. Whereas Satan, as the accuser, and as it is written, actually seeks God's permission to punish; he, being a seasoned legalist, delights in finding wrongs and will defy his own morality just to expose immorality. This is why both the anti-religious soul and the violently religious soul are, whether consciously or unconsciously, and sadly enough, glorifying their biggest hater: Satan is not only a lawless lover of punishing lawlessness, but also the greatest theologian of us all. He loves wickedness, but only because he loves punishing wickedness.”

Tags : Angel Angels And Demons Anti Religion Anti Theism Atheism Corrupt Evil Fallen Angel Fool God Gossip Hate Hell Hypocrisy Judgment Justice Laws Legalism Liar Lucifer Merciless Origin Pharisee Redemption Rumors Salvation Satan Slander Theism Theology Trap War Wrath
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Healology

54. “We are not as some people like to assume nowadays 'just being real' by embracing passively the sinful, fallen versions of ourselves. Quite the opposite really: our true selves were, from the beginning, intended to resemble the example which was then set by Christ Jesus; hence God wants to restore us to how we would have been had original sin never once befell.”

Tags : Apologetics Be Yourself Befall Being Real Christ Christ Jesus Christianity Disobedience Fake Fallen God Holiness Jesus Jesus Christ Obedience Original Original Sin Purity Realness Restoration Salvation Sin Unique
Author : Criss Jami

55. “Sure, some of us humans might be angry at a sovereign God about Hell, but know that that is about as meaningful as a few germs being angry at humans about bleach.”

Tags : Anger Antitheism Apologetics Atheism Bacteria Bleach Damnation Germs God Hell Holiness Holiness Of God Hypocrisy Punishment Scientist Sin Sovereignty Sovereignty Of God Theism
Author : Criss Jami

56. “That’s when I have to ask him. “Can you really talk like that? Being holy and all?”“What? Because I’m a priest?” He finishes the dregs of his coffee. “Sure. God knows what’s important.”

Tags : Cursing Cussing Holiness Holy Language Priest
Author : Markus Zusak
Source : I Am the Messenger

57. “Telling the truth to yourself is Integrity; Telling the truth to others is Honesty; Telling the truth with no fear or intimidation is Bravity and being free from falsehood is Purity!”

Tags : Be Truthful Clean Clean Heart Deceive Deception Fact Faithful False Fear Free Holiness Holy Honest Honesty Integrity Intimidate Intimidation Israelmore Ayivor No Fear Purity Sincerity Tell The Truth Truth Truthful

58. “What's simple is that everything good comes from God, and everything bad comes from man. Where it gets complicated is that everything seemingly good but ultimately bad comes from man, and everything seemingly bad but ultimately good comes from God.”

Tags : Apologetics Blindness Blindness Of Man Complexity Depravity Desire Emotion Evil Fallen Glory God Happiness Holiness Ignorance Judgment Man Meaning Omnipotence Omnipresence Perfection Purpose Reason Sin Sovereignty Stupidity Of Man
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Healology

59. “Angels are good not simply because they see bad as bad, but also because they see bad as corny.”

Tags : Angels Badness Cheesy Chill Demons Divine Dumb Ego Evil Experience Fear Fearless Funny Good Humility Humor Immaturity Knowledge Laughter Mockery Morality Perception Rebellion Religion Righteousness Satan Sense Of Humor Sin Spirits Trite Youthfulness
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Healology

60. “The problem with holiness is that once we look into the face of it we are no longer capable of taking that which is odious and filthy and somehow pretending that it’s translucent and clean. In other words, we have to do one of the most revolting things possible; we have to face ourselves.”

Tags : Clean Cleanliness Deception Distortions Filth Frankness God Godly Holiness Holy Honesty Lies Ourselves Pure Righteous Self Self Examination Sin Us
Source : An Intimate Collision: Encounters with Life and Jesus

61. “The wrath of God is never an evil wrath. God gets angry because he loves people like a mother would love her child if someone were to harm it. There is something wrong if the mother never gets angry; it is safe to say that that is the unloving mother.”

Tags : Awe Bible Child Emotions Evil Fathers Day Fear Gods Will Guide Harm Holiness Holy Hurt Justice Metaphor Mothers Day Pain Protection Punishment Respect Reverence Simile Sin Vengeance Wrath Wrath Of God
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Healology

62. “My tears were wiped away, my heart was strong, I saw the way of healing…I said, “God help me now to preach the Word to all the dying around, and tell them how ‘tis Satan still defiles, and Jesus still delivers, for He is just the same today.”

Tags : Christian Elijah Gods Generals Holiness Jesus Preacher Revivalist

63. “We are moved by self-interest, even when we seek to do good to others.”

Tags : Hard Truths Holiness Holy Hypocrisy In Everyone Hypocrisy Of Religion Hypocrisy Quote Saint Sainthood Saintliness Saints Self Interest
Source : The Great Pearl of Wisdom

64. “I am not holier than you, you are not holier than me. Any one who thinks he is holier than the rest deludes himself.”

Tags : Holier Than Thou Holiness Holy Self Delusion
Source : Pearls Of Eternity

65. “I am not hlier than you, you are not holier than me. Any one who thinks he is holier than the rest deludes himself.”

Tags : Holier Holier Than Thou Holiness Holy Self Deception Self Delusion
Source : Pearls Of Eternity

66. “The sacrifices we make to stay healthy, to look good, the tasty foods we skip, the guilt trips, the exercising - all these things require great discipline, care, and even a paradoxical, self-denying self-love of sorts in order to be properly executed. However it is regretful that so many of us today are not as passionate about our spiritual holiness as we are about our physical health. They are indeed both important - we should worship in every aspect of our lives - and one even, in a sense, entails the other. Although, this disproportion in said priorities is still very much expected: we humans have always taken a liking to trendiness and the temporal side of things, doing what is judged vainly in the eyes of man before that which is judged vitally and eternally in the eyes of God (i.e. "cleaning the outside of one's cup while leaving a filthy inside"). But in a way, it all goes to show that the man who fully hates discipline hates himself fully; for within the spirit is where The Holy One judges true wellness or malady.”

Tags : Ailment Apologetics Body Care Dedication Discipline Disease Disobedience Eternal Exercise Guilt Health Nutrition Obedience Paradox Self Love Temporary Transformation Vanity Wellness Worship
Author : Criss Jami

67. “To esteem what makes you holy over what makes you happy - that is the greatest dare.”

Tags : Challenge Conscience Danger Dare Determination Difficulty Esteem Flesh Fruitfulness Godly Holiness Humility Joy Love Lust Peace Perseverance Persistence Righteousness Risk Sanctification Selfishness Selflessness
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Healology

68. “It is clear from our Lord's prayer that He does not intend for us to withdraw from contact with the world of non-Christians (John 17:15). Instead, He said we are to be 'the salt of the earth' and 'the light of the world' (Matthew 5:13-14).”

Tags : Christian Living Holiness Light Salt
Author : Jerry Bridges
Source : The Pursuit of Holiness

69. “There is only one salvation for you: take yourself up, and make yourself responsible for all the sins of men. For indeed it is so, my friend, and the moment you make yourself sincerely responsible for everything and everyone, you will see at once that it is really so, that it is you who are guilty on behalf of all and for all. Whereas by shifting your own laziness and powerlessness onto others, you will end by sharing in Satan's pride and murmuring against God.The Brothers KaramazovBook VI - The Russian Monk, Chapter 3 - Conversations and Exhortations of Father Zosima.”

Tags : Community Eastern Orthodox God Holiness Orthodox Piety Religion Russia The Brothers Karamazov

70. “A utopian system, when established by men, is likely to be synonymous with a dystopian depression. The only way for perfect peace by man is absolute control of all wrongs. Bully-cultures find this: with each and every mistake, another village idiot is shamed into nothingness and mindlessly shut down by the herd. This is a superficial peace made by force and by fear, one in which there is no freedom to breathe; and the reason it is impossible for man to maintain freedom and peace for everyone at the same time. Christ, on the other hand, transforms, instead of controls, by instilling his certain inner peace. This is the place where one realizes that only his holiness is and feels like true freedom, rather than like imprisonment, and, too, why Hell, I imagine, a magnified version of man's never-ending conflict between freedom and peace, would be the flesh's ultimate utopia - yet its ultimate regret.”

Tags : Artificiality Battle Bully Chaos Christ Conflict Confusion Dystopia Good Intentions Heaven Hell Herd Mentality Holiness Imprisonment Inner Peace Man Mercy Peace Police State Political Salvation Satan Sin Society Theology Totalitarian Unity
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Healology

71. “God is not a God of confusion, although at times one's judgment, for a period, may become clouded in the mi(d)st of one's growth process. I stopped fooling myself into thinking that Christ is always for the cool kids and never for those upright and uptight religious people everybody hates.”

Tags : Acceptance Apologetics Bigotry Christ Christianity Close Mindedness Compassion Doubt Faith God Gospel Holiness Jesus Law Legalism Love Morality Open Mindedness Passion Righteous Judgment Salvation Sin Skepticism Spirituality Thinking Unconditional Love
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Healology

72. “May we celebrate the sacredness of Christmas with joy, faith and hope.”

Tags : Celebrate Christ Christianity Christmas Faith Happy Soul Holiness Hope Inspirational Joy Joyful Lailah Gifty Akita Affirmations Life Love Motivation Wise Words
Source : Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

73. “The hallowing of God's Name is the END toward which His Kingdom coming and the accomplishment of His will are among the MEANS.”

Tags : Glory Of God Holiness
Author : Thomas Manton

74. “To understand remotely the omnipotence of God is to understand wholly the beauty of Christ.”

Tags : Beauty Christ God Holiness Omnipotence Sovereignty Understanding
Author : Criss Jami

75. “Sadly enough, some people are insecure in such a way that they cannot bear the thought of the sovereignty of God, the thought of His Being as greater than themselves. It makes them feel insignificant. But I know if I were to worship and obey anything, I would like it far greater than myself or any person or human system, preferably to the point that which it, perhaps, in all its majesty, makes me feel lost and even 'creatural' in my sheer humanity. Only this God - He who is great beyond human measure, yet still considers His creation precious - I find to be more than worthy of praise; otherwise, I bow down and worship nothing. And if the thought of such a superior and almighty God were to indeed offend me, I would have to remember that it is because I am only as significant as the things which I am idolizing, things which are ultimately separating me, the creation, from my original Creator.”

Tags : Apologetics Authority Creature Depravity God Holiness Humans Insecurity Insignificant Obedience Omnipotence Perfection Power Praise Righteousness Sovereignty Worship
Author : Criss Jami

76. “I do not know you, my friends, not individually, most of you, but this is the wonderful thing about the work of a preacher, he does not need to know his congregation. Do you know why? Because I know the most important thing about every single one of you, and that is that each of you is a vile sinner. I do not care who you are, because all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. I do not care what particular form your sin takes. There is a great deal of attention paid to that today. The preacher is not interested in that. I do not want a catalogue of your sins. I do not care what your sins are. They can be very respectable or they can be heinous, vile, foul, filthy. It does not matter, thank God. But what I have authority to tell you is this. Though you may be the vilest man or woman ever known, and though you may until this moment have lived your life in the gutters and the brothels of sin in every shape and form, I say this to you: be it known unto you that through this man, this Lord Jesus Christ, is preached unto you the forgiveness of sin. And by him all who believe, you included, are at this very moment justified entirely and completely from everything you have ever done— if you believe that this is the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and that he died there on the cross, for your sins and to bear your punishment. If you believe that, and thank him for it, and rely utterly only upon him and what he has done, I tell you, in the name of God, all your sins are blotted out completely, as if you had never sinned in your life, and his righteousness is put on you and God sees you perfect in his Son. That is the message of the cross, that is Christian preaching, that it is our Lord who saves us, by dying on the cross, and that nothing else can save us, but that that can save whosoever believeth in him.”

Tags : Christ Christianity God Godliness Grace Holiness Jesus Jesus Christ Salvation Sin The Bible The Cross

77. “If we are taught by God in affliction we are blessed. When God teaches, he applies his instruction to the heart. He commands light to shine out of darkness (2 Corinthians 4:6). The Holy Spirit brings divine truths in such a clear and convincing light that the soul sits down fully satisfied. The soul both sweetly and freely acquiesces in the revealed truths. When God teaches, the soul experiences truth as David (Psalm 119:71). Some only know notionally, but David knew by experience; he became more acquainted with the Word. He knew it more, loved it better, and was more transformed in the nature of it. Thus, Paul, “I know who I have believed” (2 Timothy 1:12) – “I have experienced his faithfulness and his all-sufficiency; I can trust my all with him. I am sure he will keep it safe to that day.” Those taught of God in affliction can speak experimentally, in one degree or another. They can speak of their communion with God (Psalm 23:4). The sweet singer of Israel had comfortable presence. Those taught of God can say: “As we have heard, so we have seen. I have experienced this word upon mine heart, and can set my seal that God is true.” God’s teaching is a powerful teaching. It conveys strength as well as light. Truth only understood needs to be put into action and practice. God’s teachings are sweet to the taste. David rolled them as sugar under his tongue, and received more sweetness than Samson from his honeycomb. Luther said he would not live in paradise without the Word, but with the Word he could live in hell itself. Teaching is sweet because it is suitable to the renewed man (Jeremiah 15:16).”

Tags : Affliction Christ Christianity God Godliness Holiness Hope Suffering The Bible The Gospel
Author : Thomas Case

78. “Man's delight in the Lord is the absolute peak of human triumph. He praises God when full of joy, and when not, he praises God to become full of joy. For to know and to live as though God is worthy of all praise, in all one's circumstances, whether seemingly good or seemingly bad, is the primary definition of joy and the richest triumph for man under God.”

Tags : Apologetics Church Delight Glorification Of God Glorifying God Glory God Greatness Happiness Holiness Honor Joy Lord Love Man Peace Praise Respect Reverence Singing Strength Triumph Trust Victory Worthiness
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Healology

79. “Conscious minds can, at the most, comprehend that the whole idea of a 'God' is his superiority, his omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience; and therefore, at the least, desire him, someone far greater than themselves.”

Tags : Apologetics Consciousness Desire God Holiness Love Mind Omnipotent Omnipresent Omniscience Relationship Spiritual Superiority Thinking Understanding
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Killosophy

80. “If beauty is relative, then any and everything when compared to the beauty of God is absolutely hideous.”

Tags : Absolute Truth Absolutes Beautiful Beauty Comparison Depravity Flawlessness Glory Glory Of God God Hideous Holiness Life Magnificence Perfection Relativity Righteousness Sin Ugly
Author : Criss Jami

81. “The Christian God seemed the most offensive to people precisely because he was the most godlike. He was too perfect even to be coaxed by human efforts, and therefore sent his son to do the job.”

Tags : Apologetics Christ Christ Jesus Christianity Cross Faith God Goodness Gospel Grace Holiness Humility Jesus Jesus Christ Judgment Love Offensive Perfection Pride Religion Salvation Sin Spirituality Works
Author : Criss Jami

82. “I cannot encourage any fabrication even for the sake of making people feel good. If I were to fabricate consciously and knowingly, I would not only be ordaining myself their enemy, but also ordaining myself God's enemy.”

Tags : Apologetics Christianity Enemies Fabrication Fabrications Facts Fake Flatter Flattery Foes Friends Friendship God Goodness Greater Good Holiness Honesty Lies Opinions Philosophy Pretense Real Theology Truth Work Writing
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Killosophy

83. “The Christian living in disobedience also lives devoid of joy and hope. But when he begins to understand that Christ has delivered him from the reign of sin, when he begins to see that he is united to Him who has all power and authority and that it is possible to walk in obedience, he begins to have hope, and as he hopes in Christ, he begins to have joy. In the strength of this joy, he begins to overcome the sins that have so easily entangle him. He then finds that the joy of a holy walk is infinitely more satisfying than the fleeting pleasures of sin. But to experience this joy, we must make some choices. We must choose to forsake sin, not only because it is defeating to us but because it grieves the heart of God.”

Tags : Disobedience Holiness Joy Sin
Author : Jerry Bridges
Source : The Pursuit of Holiness

84. “No, we are not defeated; we are simply disobedient! It might be good if we stopped using the terms 'victory' and 'defeat' to describe our progress in holiness. Rather we should use the terms 'obedience' and 'disobedience.”

Tags : Defeat Disobedience Holiness Obedience Victory
Author : Jerry Bridges
Source : The Pursuit of Holiness

85. “From Adam's day until now men everywhere have tried to find their own way to meet God's standard of holiness. Has anyone been successful? No!”

Tags : Adam God Holiness Mankind One Way
Author : J. Otis Yoder
Source : This Is Jerusalem

86. “Sooner or later sin makes its claim on a person”

Tags : Claim Holiness Purity

87. “It is as if I have entered what the Tibetans call the Bardo-literally, between-two-existences- a dreamlike hallucination that precedes reincarnation, not necessarily in human form…In case I should need them, instructions for passage through the Bardo are contained in the Tibetan book of the dead- a guide for the living since it teaches that a man’s last thoughts will determine the quality of his reincarnation.”

Tags : Guide For Living Holiness How To Live Soul Spirit Spirituality Tibetan Book Of The Dead Tibetan Buddhism Zen
Source : The Snow Leopard

88. “It is altogether fitting and proper that we should enjoy things made for us to enjoy. What is not at all fitting or proper is that we should set our hearts on them. Temporal things must be treated as temporal things - received, given thanks for, offered back, but enjoyed. They must not be treated like eternal things.”

Tags : Discipline Eternity Holiness Temporal
Source : Discipline: The Glad Surrender

89. “My foot slips on a narrow ledge; in that split second, as needles of fear pierce heart and temples, eternity intersects with present time. Thought and action are not different, and stone, air, ice, sun, fear, and self are one. What is exhilarating is to extend this acute awareness into ordinary moments, in the moment-by-moment experiencing of the lammergeier and the wolf, which, finding themselves at the center of things, have no need for any secret of true being. In this very breath that we take now lies the secret that all great teachers try to tell us…the present moment. The purpose of mediation practice is not enlightenment’ it is to pay attention even at unextraordinary times, to be of the present, nothing-but-the-present, to bear this mindfulness of now into each event of ordinary life.”

Tags : Breath Enlightenment Fear Holiness Meditation Mindfulness Mountain Climbing Mountains Nature Soul Spirit Summit Wonder
Source : The Snow Leopard

90. “We are to count on this fact that we are dead to sin's rule, that we can stand up to it and say no. Therefore we are to guard our bodies so that sin does not reign in us. So we see that God has made provision for our holiness. Through Christ He has delivered us from sin's reign so that we can now resist sin. But the responsibility for resisting is ours.”

Tags : Bodies Christ Dead To Sin Delivered God Guard Holiness Provision Reign Resist Responsibility Say No Sin Sin S Rule Stand Up To
Author : Jerry Bridges
Source : The Pursuit of Holiness

91. “This here ol' man jus' lived a life an' jus' died out of it. I don't know whether he was good or bad, but that don't matter much. He was alive, an' that's what matters. An' now he's dead, an' that don't matter. Heard a fella tell a poem one time, an' he says, 'All that lives is holy.' Got to thinkin', an' purty soon it means more than the words says. An' I wouldn' pray for a ol' fella that's dead. He's awright. He got a job to do, but it's all laid out for 'im an' there's on'y one way to do it. But us, we got a job to do, an' they's a thousan' ways, an' we don' know which one to take. An' if I was to pray, it'd be for the folks that don't know which way to turn. Grandpa here, he got the easy straight. An' now cover 'im up and let 'im get to his work.”

Tags : Death Eulogy Holiness Holy
Source : The Grapes of Wrath

92. “O my Mansoul, I have lived, I have died, I live, and I will die no more for thee. I live that thou mayest not die. Because I live thou shalt live also; I reconciled thee to my Father by the blood of My cross, and being reconciled thou shalt live through me. I will pray for thee, I will fight for thee, I will yet do thee good. Nothing can hurt thee but sin; nothing can grieve Me but sin; nothing can make thee base before thy foes but sin; take heed of sin, my Mansoul.”

Tags : Bunyan Christ Christian Christianity God God S Love Holiness Holy Man Men Pilgrim Progress Puritan Sin Soul Spirit Spiritual Spirituality War
Author : John Bunyan
Source : The Holy War

93. “When we become silent, we become whole. And when we become whole, we become holy.”

Tags : Holiness Silence Wholeness
Source : The Silent Whisperings of the Heart - An Introduction to Giten's Approach to Life

94. “The holy people delights in the Lord.”

Tags : Bible Study Calling People Divine Intervention Faith Gods Grace Grace Divine Holiness Lailah Gifty Akita Affirmations Motivational Spiritual Wisdom Wise Sayings
Source : Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

95. “Only God is good.""We can make good works,We can be called good folksWe can do good,but we cannot be good.”

Tags : Fruits Of The Spirit God Is Good Good Good Works Goodness Holiness Righteousness
Author : Mac Canoza

96. “To be intuitive is to possess a godly characteristic: to be bad at second-guessing the good.”

Tags : Anticipation Bad Discernment Evil Feeling Foreknowledge Genius God Holiness Instinct Intelligence Judgment Knowing Knowledge Morality Perception Perfection Reason Right Righteous Judgment Second Guessing Thinking Trait Vision Wisdom Wrong
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Healology

97. “There is no imagination wherewith man is besotted, more foolish, none so pernicious as this,- that persons not purified, not sanctified, not made holy in their life, should afterwards be taken into that state of blessedness which consists in the enjoyment of God. Neither can such persons enjoy God, nor would God be a reward to them. Holiness is perfected in heaven: but the beginning of it is invariably confined to this world.”

Tags : Bible Christ Christianity God Grace Heaven Hell Holiness Holy Spirit Sanctification Scripture Truth
Author : John Owen

98. “[Sanctification] is a process that includes on the one hand medication and diet (in the form of biblical instruction and admonition coming in various ways to the heart), and on the other hand tests and exercises (in the form of internal and external pressures, providentially ordered, to which we have to make active response). The process goes on as long as we are in the world, which is something that God decides in each case.”

Tags : Holiness Sanctification
Author : J.I. Packer
Source : Rediscovering Holiness

99. “It's through the cross that we reach the resurrection. We should be absolutely sure of this truth, and we should keep this cross hidden and not place it on the shoulders of others. It is our cross we have to carry. It is the one God has given us to go through into His resurrection. This is the one we should keep hidden.But there are crosses and crosses, some of our own making. These we should immediately discard. Some permitted by God for our sanctification. These we can share for they are also for the sanctification of others. True, we can help to carry other people's crosses and they can help to carry our crosses, but the operative word is "hidden."The Lord said, "So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honoured by men," and "When you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." (Mt 6:16-18)Our very hiddenness becomes a light if we do not complain, if we carry our cross manfully, ready to help in the carrying of other people's crosses. Then we become a light to our neighbour's feet because we become an icon of Christ—shining!”

Tags : Bible Catholic Catholicism Charity Christ Christian Christianity Cross Holiness Humility Icon Jesus Jesus Christ Light Resurrection Sanctification Scripture Truth
Source : Sobornost: Experiencing Unity of Mind, Heart and Soul

100. “The talk of sin is of course to many a big turn-off; to others, an even bigger myth - because in reality, sin is like the spiritual equivalent of a microscopic parasite, or a virus, or better yet even, an infectious disease. And just as one might never know of, until visiting a competent doctor, the tiny pathogens progressively eroding one's body, so we might never know that in sin we are eroding our being and losing direction until hearing the Word of God rightfully applied. Therefore I ask, which of the doctors would then be the more competent: the one who finds the problem and gives the solution, or the one who willfully ignores the problem (or rather finds the problem when it is much too late)? Seldom does anyone write off the knowledge of medicine for the physical body as primitive practice, so neither must the knowledge of the Word of God for one's spiritual well-being remain written off as primitive practice - quite the opposite really. As it is written thus: 'Lean not on your own understanding.”

Tags : Bible Cure Disease Evil Good Holiness Holiness Of God Knowledge Learning Myth Parasite Pathogen Preaching Reality Religion Salvation Self Destruction Sickness Sin Spirituality Teaching Theology Understanding Wisdom Word Of God
Author : Criss Jami

101. “Initially, the God of the Old Testament might seem overwhelming and domineering to you, or tyrannical, or perhaps even evil, which is good. It is the first telling that God is indeed God, by sheer definition, and not some ear-tickling fairy by which one in his depravity is guaranteed to find another form of stale romanticism or love at first sight. For such a first impression as the latter would be problematic to the essence of Christianity. Therefore the Christians are right in saying that the nature of imperfect men cannot ultimately co-exist with the nature of a perfect God; and that the hope of each man is now desperately found in God's sending of Christ.”

Tags : Atheism Christianity Depravity Domineering Evil Faith Fear God Good Holiness Imperfect Justification By Faith Mercy New Testament Overwhelming Perfect Redemption Religion Respect Salvation Sanctification Skepticism Of Religion Theism Truth Wrath Wrath Of God
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Healology

102. “If your Lord calls you to suffering, do not be dismayed, for He will provide a deeper portion of Christ in your suffering. The softest pillow will be placed under your head though you must set your bare feet among thorns. Do not be afraid at suffering for Christ, for He has a sweet peace for a sufferer. God has called you to Christ's side, and if the wind is now in His face, you cannot expect to rest on the sheltered side of the hill. You cannot be above your Master who received many an innocent stroke. The greatest temptation out of hell is to live without trials. A pool of standing water will turn stagnant. Faith grows more with the sharp winter storm in its face. Grace withers without adversity. You cannot sneak quietly into heaven without a cross. Crosses form us into His image. They cut away the pieces of our corruption. Lord cut, carve, wound; Lord do anything to perfect Your image in us and make us fit for glory! We need winnowing before we enter the kingdom of God. O what I owe to the file, hammer, and furnace! Why should I be surprised at the plough that makes such deep furrows in my soul? Whatever direction the wind blows, it will blow us to the Lord. His hand will direct us safely to the heavenly shore to find the weight of eternal glory. As we look back to our pains and suffering, we shall see that suffering is not worthy to be compared to our first night's welcome home in heaven. If we could smell of heaven and our country above, our crosses would not bite us. Lay all your loads by faith on Christ, ease yourself, and let Him bear all. He can, He does, and He will bear you. Whether God comes with a rod or a crown, He comes with Himself. "Have courage, I am your salvation!" Welcome, welcome Jesus!”

Tags : Christ God Holiness Persecution Suffering Theology Trials Tribulations

103. “Those small moments of pleasure men get from sin, from defying God, are perhaps grace - His final gift still to those who hard-heartedly choose to deny Him. Godless men may blatantly enjoy offending God not because they are free-spirited, but on the whole because He moves them to enjoy it. Sin is, in a sense, still touching God: for a strike involves a touch. Perhaps this is His divine kindness. Faithful men find everlasting fulfillment in His good company; but godless men who strike at the Author of Joy, who are completely ignorant of the greater, for them - and by God's love for His enemies - there is yet this small recoil known as 'pleasure' before the fall.”

Tags : Apologetics Atheism Christ Enemies Gift Glory God Godless Grace Holiness Jesus Joy Kindness Love Mercy Pleasure Repentance Sin Strike Theism
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Healology

104. “Will we let ourselves become a Church that calls and welcomes sinners with open arms, that gives courage and hope, or are we a Church closed in on herself? Are we a Church where the love of God dwells, where one cares for the other, where one prays for the other?A final question: what can I, a weak fragile sinner, do? God says to you, Do not be afraid of holiness; do not be afraid to aim high, to let yourself be loved and purified by God; do not be afraid to let yourself be guided by the Holy Spirit. Let us be infected by the holiness of God. Every Christian is called to sanctity...; and sanctity does not consist especially in doing extraordinary things, but in allowing God to act. It is the meeting of our weakness with the strength of his grace, it is saving faith in his action that allows us to live in charity, to do everything with joy and humility, for the glory of God and as a service to our neighbor.”

Tags : Church Holiness Mercy Pope Francis
Author : Pope Francis
Source : The Church of Mercy

105. “Sin contaminates our lives. Holiness purifies our lives.”

Tags : Belief Christian Christianity Forgiveness God Holiness Lailah Gifty Akita Affirmations Life Living Mercy Religion Saved By Grace Saved From Sins Sin Spiritual Spiritual Wisdom Wisdom Of Lailah Gifty Akita Words Of Wisdom
Source : Think Great: Be Great!

106. “The wise will make holiness and purity their priority.”

Tags : Choice Enoch God Holiness Jesus Christ Priority Purity Samuel Wisdom Wise

107. “Pray more often and read and obey The Holy Scriptures in The Holy Bible.”

Tags : Committment Consecration Dedication Faith Holiness Pray Prayers Religion The Holy Bible Worship

108. “In our abandonment we give ourselves over to God just as God gave Himself for us, without any calculations. The consequences of abandonment never enter into our outlook because our life is taken up in Him.”

Tags : Holiness Obedience To God Surrender To God Trust In God
Source : My Utmost for His Highest

109. “If I were to believe in God enough to call him a murderer, then I might also believe enough that he, as a spirit, exists beyond death; and therefore only he could do it righteously. For the physical being kills a man and hatefully sends him away, whereas God, the spiritual being, kills a man and lovingly draws him nigh.”

Tags : Apologetics Atheism Belief Burial Doubt Faith Funeral Grave Heaven Heaven And Hell Hell Holiness Holy Spirit Humanity Justice Logic Materialism Murder Reason Spirit Spiritual Suffering Theism
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Healology

110. “Smiling novices. I can hear the music of your laughter of joy. Learn, my children, to be holy, for true holiness consists of doing God's work with a smile.”

Tags : Holiness Smiling
Author : Mother Teresa

111. “Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God' (Hebrews 12:1-2). Jesus was motivated to endure by anticipating the joy of His reward. No amount of hardship and struggle could deprive Him of that anticipation.”

Tags : Endurance Holiness Perseverance Reward
Author : Jerry Bridges
Source : The Pursuit of Holiness

112. “The Lord God must be greatly feared! We can’t stand his wrath.”

Tags : Christian Divinity Faith Forgivenss God Gods Love Gods Power Gods Sovereignty Holiness Hope Mercy Repentance Saved Souls Sin Sinner Spiritual
Source : Think Great: Be Great!

113. “God loves each person, I believe; although, just like we do in our private homes, He reserves His kingdom only for those whom He enjoys.”

Tags : Apologetics Church Depravity Elect Enjoy Faith Fellowship Forgiveness Friendship Grace Heaven Holiness Of God Kingdom Life Like Love Mercy Peace Predestination Relationship Reserve Salvation Sanctuary Unconditional Love Universalism
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Healology

114. “Divine self is holy being.”

Tags : Belief Divine Holiness Inspiring Thoughts Life Life Philosophy Philosophy Of Life Righteousness Sacred Self Confidence Self Esteem Self Love Spiritual Life Spiritual Wisdom Wisdom
Source : Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

115. “The slow pace of our perfection has to be borne with patience, provided that on our part we always do whatever we can to continue advancing.”

Tags : Holiness Inspiration Spiritual Growth Spiritual Life

116. “Holiness is the best means influencing people”

Tags : Holiness Influencing Means

117. “You can't please all men, but you must desire to please God and love Him forever more.”

Tags : Choice Desire Faithfulness Holiness Omnipotent Omnipresent Omniscient Please Please God Righteousness Truth

118. “There is no less holiness at this time- as you are reading this- than there was on the day the Red Sea parted, or that day in the 30th year, in the 4th month, on the 5th day of the month as Ezekiel was a captive by the river Cheban, when the heavens opened and he saw visions of god. There is no whit less enlightenment under the tree at the end of your street than there was under Buddha’s bo tree…. In any instant the sacred may wipe you with its finger. In any instant the bush may flare, your feet may rise, or you may see a bunch of souls in trees.”

Tags : Holiness Sacred Spirtuality
Author : Annie Dillard
Source : For the Time Being

119. “Since holiness is the main thing that excites, draws, and governs all gracious affections, it is no wonder that all such affections tend to holiness. That which men love, they desire to have and to be united to, and possessed of. That beauty which men delight in, they desire to be adorned with. Those acts which men delight in, they necessarily incline to do.”

Tags : Affections Holiness Inclination
Source : The Religious Affections

120. “Energy work is priceless. It makes every day extraordinary and transforms the mundane to the holy.”

Tags : Energy Energy Healing Extraordinary Holiness Personal Development

121. “But we have, if not our understanding, our own experience, and it feels to me sealed, inviolable, ours. We have a last, deep week together, because Wally is not on morphine yet, because he has just enough awareness, just enough ability to communicate with me. I’m with him almost all day and night- little breaks, for swimming, for walking the dogs. Outside it snows and snows, deeper and deeper; we seem to live in a circle of lamplight. I rub his feet, make him hot cider. All week I feel like we’re taking one another in, looking and looking. I tell him I love him and he says I love you, babe, and then when it’s too hard for him to speak he smiles back at me with the little crooked smile he can manage now, and I know what it means. I play music for him, the most encompassing and quiet I can find: Couperin, Vivaldi, the British soprano Lesley Garret singing arias he loved, especially the duet from Lakme: music of freedom, diving, floating. How can this be written? Shouldn’t these sentences simply be smithereened apart, broken in a hurricane?All that afternoon he looks out at us though a little space in his eyes, but I know he sees and registers: I know that he’s loving us, actively; if I know nothing else about this man, after nearly thirteen years, I know that. I bring all the animals, and then I sit there myself, all afternoon, the lamps on. The afternoon’s so quiet and deep it seems almost to ring, like chimes, a cold, struck bell. I sit into the evening, when he closes his eyes.There is an inaudible roaring, a rush beneath the surface of things, beneath the surface of Wally, who has now almost no surface- as if I could see into him, into the great hurrying current, that energy, that forward motion which is life going on. I was never this close to anyone in my life. His living’s so deep and absolute that it pulls me close to that interior current, so far inside his life. And my own. I know I am going to be more afraid than I have ever been, but right now I am not afraid. I am face to face with the deepest movement in the world, the point of my love’s deepest reality- where he is most himself, even if that self empties out into no one, swift river hurrying into the tumble of rivers, out of individuality, into the great rushing whirlwind of currents. All the love in the world goes with you.”

Tags : Aids Beauty And Sadness Caretaking Comfort Compassion Death Dying Grief Hiv Holiness Hope Inspiration Loss Love Mindfulness Prayer Spirit Suffering Wisdom
Author : Mark Doty
Source : Heaven's Coast: A Memoir

122. “To summarize, then, it appears that Christian holiness is a number of things together. It has both outward and inward aspects. Holiness is a matter of both action and motivation, conduct and character, divine grace and human effort, obedience and creativity, submission and initiative, consecration to God and commitment to people, self-discipline and self-giving, righteousness and love. It is a matter of Spirit-led law-keeping, a walk, or course of life, in the Spirit that displays the fruit of the Spirit (Christlikeness of attitude and disposition). It is a matter of seeking to imitate Jesus' way of behaving, through depending on Jesus for deliverance from carnal self-absorption and for discernment of spiritual needs and possibilities.”

Tags : Christianity Christlikeness Holiness
Author : J.I. Packer
Source : Rediscovering Holiness

123. “God's judgment is not like man's judgment. It is not a suspension of His Love but an extension of His Love. His justice is always righteous, so His judgment is always Love.”

Tags : Apologetics Extension God Holiness Holiness Of God Judgment Justice Love Love Of God Righteousness Sin Suspension Wrath Wrath Of God
Author : Criss Jami

124. “In the book of Job, the Lord demands, “Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?”“I was there!”-surely that is the answer to God’s question. For no matter how the universe came into being, most of the atoms in these fleeting assemblies that we think of as our bodies have been in existence since the beginning. Each breath we take contains hundreds of thousands of the inert, pervasive argon atoms that were actually breathed in his lifetime by the Buddha, and indeed contain parts of all the ‘snorts, sighs, bellows, shrieks” of all creatures that ever existed or will exist. These atoms flow backward and forward in such useful but artificial constructs as time and space, in the same universal rhythms, universal breath as the tides and stars, joining both the living and the dead in that energy which animates the universe.”

Tags : Breath Breathing Buddha Holiness Meditation Mindfulness Nature Physics Universe Wonder
Source : The Snow Leopard

125. “Life is sacred.”

Tags : Gods Grace Holiness Life Life Philosophy Sacred Self Motivation Self Seeking Spirit Spiritual
Source : Think Great: Be Great!

126. “My friends, I do not believe it is preaching Christ and him crucified, to give people a batch of philosophy every Sunday morning and evening, and neglect the truths of this Holy Book. I do not believe it is preaching Christ and him crucified, to leave out the main cardinal doctrines of the Word of God, and preach a religion which is all a mist and a haze, without any definite truths whatever. I take it that man does not preach Christ and him crucified, who can get through a sermon without mentioning Christ's name once; nor does that man preach Christ and him crucified, who leaves out the Holy Spirit's work, who never says a word about the Holy Ghost, so that indeed the hearers might say, "We do not so much as know whether there be a Holy Ghost." And I have my own private opinion, that there is no such thing as preaching Christ and him crucified, unless you preach what now-a-days is called Calvinism. I have my own ideas, and those I always state boldly. It is a nickname to call it Calvinism. Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else. I do not believe we can preach the gospel, if we do not preach justification by faith without works; not unless we preach the sovereignty of God in his dispensation of grace; nor unless we exalt the electing, unchangeable, eternal, immutable, conquering love of Jehovah; nor, I think, can we preach the gospel, unless we base it upon the peculiar redemption which Christ made for his elect and chosen people; nor can I comprehend a gospel which lets saints fall away after they are called, and suffers the children of God to be burned in the fires of damnation, after having believed. Such a gospel I abhor. The gospel of the Bible is not such a gospel as that. We preach Christ and him crucified in a different fashion, and to all gainsayers we reply, "We have not so learned Christ.”

Tags : Calvinism Chistianity Christ Faith God Grace Holiness Holy Spirit Salvation The Bible The Gospel

127. “I need not adapt in certain ways. I am in fact but a visitor to this world, a gasp within its history, and, before anything else, a follower of Christ. By this alone I have the power not to shuffle against the Faith, the power to break loose from these marching shackles of ongoing cultural and political pretense.”

Tags : Adaptation Apologetics Christ Conformity Different Epic Faith Faithfulness Freedom Holiness Individuality Originality Power Pretentiousness Real Religion Secular Shackles Shuffle Status Quo World Zombie
Author : Criss Jami

128. “Both glory and dominion last forever but glory is for God and dominion is for mankind.”

Tags : Holiness Holiness Of God Human Suffering Religious Sins Of Omission
Author : Auliq Ice

129. “I think of two landscapes- one outside the self, the other within. The external landscape is the one we see-not only the line and color of the land and its shading at different times of the day, but also its plants and animals in season, its weather, its geology… If you walk up, say, a dry arroyo in the Sonoran Desert you will feel a mounding and rolling of sand and silt beneath your foot that is distinctive. You will anticipate the crumbling of the sedimentary earth in the arroyo bank as your hand reaches out, and in that tangible evidence you will sense the history of water in the region. Perhaps a black-throated sparrow lands in a paloverde bush… the smell of the creosote bush….all elements of the land, and what I mean by “the landscape.” The second landscape I think of is an interior one, a kind of projection within a person of a part of the exterior landscape. Relationships in the exterior landscape include those that are named and discernible, such as the nitrogen cycle, or a vertical sequence of Ordovician limestone, and others that are uncodified or ineffable, such as winter light falling on a particular kind of granite, or the effect of humidity on the frequency of a blackpoll warbler’s burst of song….the shape and character of these relationships in a person’s thinking, I believe, are deeply influenced by where on this earth one goes, what one touches, the patterns one observes in nature- the intricate history of one’s life in the land, even a life in the city, where wind, the chirp of birds, the line of a falling leaf, are known. These thoughts are arranged, further, according to the thread of one’s moral, intellectual, and spiritual development. The interior landscape responds to the character and subtlety of an exterior landscape; the shape of the individual mind is affected by land as it is by genes.Among the Navajo, the land is thought to exhibit sacred order…each individual undertakes to order his interior landscape according to the exterior landscape. To succeed in this means to achieve a balanced state of mental health…Among the various sung ceremonies of this people-Enemyway, Coyoteway, Uglyway- there is one called Beautyway. It is, in part, a spiritual invocation of the order of the exterior universe, that irreducible, holy complexity that manifests itself as all things changing through time (a Navajo definition of beauty).”

Tags : Animals Awe Balance Beauty Earth Ecology Enoughness Healing In Nature Holiness Landscape Life Philosophy Mental Health Nature Navajo Sacred Sacred Places Sacred Spaces Spiritualiy Wonder
Author : Barry López
Source : Crossing Open Ground

130. “He does not want a girl who trifles with Christianity. He wants a woman who is radically given to Christ. He does not want a girl who prays tepid, lukewarm prayers. He wants a woman who lives in defiance of the powers of Hell. He does not want a girl who is self-adorning with the latest fashions and trends. He wants a woman who is adorned with the inner jewelry of Christ-given holiness. He does not want a girl who dishonors and belittles her parents. He wants a woman who honors the authorities God has placed in her life and serves them with charity and gladness. He does not want a girl whose Bible is an accessory to her wardrobe. He wants a woman whose hunger and thirst is to know the Lord, and who diligently feasts upon His Word. He does not want a girl whose tongue is a deceptive weapon of selfishness. He wants a woman whose words drip with the honey of the name of Jesus.”

Tags : Christian Godly Woman Holiness Inspirational Purity
Author : Leslie Ludy

131. “Dream of yoking a gnat with an archangel, and then imagine that you can help your Lord in the work of salvation.”

Tags : Calvinism Christ Christianity Eternity God Grace Holiness Salvation The Bible Wisdom

132. “The frenzy with which much of the church busies herself with things peripheral to the kingdom in a frantic attempt by her own ingenuity and effort to make God’s name holy or make his kingdom come is a sign that something is radically wrong. The church has lost connection with Christ, her living head; she has listened to the siren calls of this world; she has succumbed to the prevailing culture instead of what Christ Jesus created her to be.”

Tags : Busyness Holiness Ministry

133. “It is more important to be than to do, for if I am what God wants me to be, then I will do what He wants me to do. If I try to promote a program, however well-meaning, without personal holiness, it will be tainted by the defects of my life. It may lack the direction of full knowledge of the Word, or the discernment of maturity, or the direction that comes through unclouded fellowship with the Lord. Primarily we do not need to develop programs, but people.”

Tags : Development Holiness Priorities Programs
Source : The Christian and Social Responsibility

134. “Living the good life as created beings depends on living within the limits and according to the truths of the human condition. Purity of heart and the capacity to channel desires toward personal self-mastery in holiness are part of the high calling of the Christian life. These remain necessities, despite the promises of a false humanism that claims that human nature has neither limits nor boundaries, being infinitely plastic and malleable -- a vain and counterproductive attempt to liberate humans from guilt.”

Tags : Catholicism Good Life Good Life Advice Good Living Guilt Happiness Holiness Human Condition Humanism Purity Self Mastery
Source : God and Caesar: Selected Essays on Religion, Politics, and Society

135. “There is too wide a gap, for most of us, between what we say and what we mean. Between our words and our thoughts. The first thing the Prophet Isaiah said when he saw the living and exalted God was, “Woe is me, I am ruined. For I am a man of unclean lips and I live among a people of unclean lips” (Isaiah 6:5). Isaiah was one of the most godly men who ever walked the earth. But seeing God, he sees also, abrupt and stark and grief-making, his own duplicity. Then God does what only God can do: he sears his lips clean (Isaiah 6:6-7). And herein lies our hope: truly seeing God, we truly see ourselves, in all our woe-begotten duplicity; but crying out to God, we are truly and greatly helped.”

Tags : Candor Holiness Humility
Author : Mark Buchanan

136. “For a message to be holy, it doesn't need to come from a prophet or a deity. When truth is spoken whoever is the mediator it is divine.”

Tags : Holiness Religion Truth Telling
Author : Osman Doluca

137. “When we aim for Holiness and a true fellowship of God in our own personal lives, then only we really understand what we actually stand for in our Christian life.”

Tags : Aim Christ God Holiness Jesus Personal Lives Understand

138. “Some days you feel like you're the worst of sinners; others like you're the most righteous person on earth. I am convinced that the former is when you're closest to God.”

Tags : Character Christ Comfort Depravity Flaw Forgiveness God Gospel Grace Holiness Holiness Of God Honesty Humility Jesus Joy Legalism Mercy Pain Peace Perfect Pride Righteousness Shame Sinner Truth
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Healology

139. “The modern world has forgotten the necessity of encouraging men to be better. They speak of sick men or healthy men, of interesting people or uninteresting people; they never, or seldom, indicate that there is and must be an interior and spiritual improvement in man before any of the glowing coals of humanity can be reached. They have cultivated everything but the goodness of man. The result of such shallowness is everywhere apparent.”

Tags : Goodness Holiness Humanity Modernism Modernity Sin Spiritual Growth Spiritual Warfare Virtue Virtues And Vices
Source : How to Improve Your Personality by Reading

140. “It’s so hard to balance in our minds the knowledge that ‘the world’ is mundanely ‘a planet.’ The former is so holy; the latter merely a science project.”

Tags : Holiness Planet Science World
Source : Hey Nostradamus!

141. “Holiness on earth is a spiritual fantasy.”

Tags : Earth Fantasy Holiness Spiritual
Author : Toba Beta
Source : Master of Stupidity

142. “I had come to the canyon with expectations. I wanted to see snowy egrets flying against the black schist at dusk; I saw blue-winged teal against the green waters at dawn. I had wanted to hear thunder rolling in the thousand-foot depths; I heard the guttural caw of four ravens…what any of us had come to see or do fell away. We found ourselves at each turn with what we had not imagined.”

Tags : Awe Beauty Colorado River Grand Canyon Holiness Holy Place Nature River Sacred Sacred Place Wonder
Author : Barry López
Source : Crossing Open Ground

143. “Holiness must have a philosophical and theological foundation, namely, Divine truth; otherwise it is sentimentality and emotionalism. Many would say later on, 'We want religion, but no creeds.' This is like saying we want healing, but no science of medicine; music, but no rules of music; history, but no documents. Religion is indeed a life, but it grows out of truth, not away from it. It has been said it makes no difference what you believe, it all depends on how you act. This is psychological nonsense, for a man acts out of his beliefs. Our Lord placed truth or belief in Him first; then came sanctification and good deeds. But here truth was not a vague ideal, but a Person. Truth was now lovable, because only a Person is lovable. Sanctity becomes the response the heart makes to Divine truth and its unlimited mercy to humanity.”

Tags : Creeds Holiness Jesus Religion Sanctification Truth
Source : Life of Christ

144. “But we need to pray daily for humility and honesty to see these sinful attitudes for that they really are, and then for grace and discipline to root them out of our minds and replace them with thoughts pleasing to God.”

Tags : Discipline Holiness Honesty Humility Pray Prayer
Author : Jerry Bridges
Source : The Pursuit of Holiness

145. “Holiness begins in our minds and works out to our actions. This being true, what we allow to enter our minds is critically important. The television programs we watch, the movies we may attend, the books and magazines we read, the music we listen to, and the conversations we have all affect our minds.”

Tags : Actions Books Conversation Holiness Magazines Minds Movies Music Television
Author : Jerry Bridges
Source : The Pursuit of Holiness

146. “The more we love God, the more unpleasant sin becomes.”

Tags : Cleanliness God Holiness Love Pleasant Purity Sin Unpleasant
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Killosophy

147. “Part of what we pick up in looking at Jesus in the gospel is a way of viewing the whole world. That worldview informs all our values and deeply shapes our thinking and decision-making. Another part of what we absorb is greater confidence in Jesus' counsel and his promises. This has its own powerful effect on what we fear and desire and choose. Another part of what we take up from beholding the glory of Christ is greater delight in his fellowship and deeper longing to see him in heaven. This has its own liberating effect from the temptations of this world. All these have their own peculiar way of changing us into the likeness of Christ. Therefore, we should not think that pursuing likeness to Christ has no other components than just looking at Jesus. Looking at Jesus produces holiness along many different paths.”

Tags : Glory God Holiness Jesus Christ Sanctification
Author : John Piper
Source : God Is the Gospel: Meditations on God's Love as the Gift of Himself

148. “Christ's death is the Christian's life. Christ's cross is the Christian's title to heaven. Christ "lifted up" and put to shame on Calvary is the ladder by which Christians "enter into the holiest," and are at length landed in glory.”

Tags : Calvary Christ Christianity Christianlife Christians Cross Glory Golgotha Heaven Holiness Jesus
Author : J.C. Ryle
Source : John (Expository Thoughts on the Gospels): Vol. 1

149. “Everybody knows basically what is right and what is wrong. Everybody knows better than to hate others. In fact, most people teach against it, and yet we still see it on the daily. But why do you think that is? It is because the problem was never really humans not loving humans enough; the problem was humans not loving righteousness enough. We must empty our own love for the world so that it can be replaced by the love of Christ; only then will we begin to love people as Christ loves people, as He always intended.”

Tags : Apologetics Christ Conscience Divine Love God Happiness Hate Holiness Humans Hypocrisy Joy Love Love Of God Morals Peace Right Righteousness Sacrifice Self Sacrifice Spiritual True Love Truth Virtue World Wrong
Author : Criss Jami

150. “Spirituality has thus come to be regarded by the world as those futile, self-torturing excesses of strange men and women who lived in far-off, benighted places and times. Accordingly, the One who came to give abundance of life is commonly thought of as a cosmic stuffed shirt, whose excessive "spirituality" probably did not allow him normal bodily functions and certainly would not permit him to throw a frisbee or tackle someone in a football game.”

Tags : Christ Christian God Holiness Kingdom Living Spirituality
Source : The Spirit of the Disciplines : Understanding How God Changes Lives

151. “Take away all the moral beauty and sweetness in the Word, and the Bible is left wholly a dead letter, a dry, lifeless, tasteless thing. By this is seen the true foundation of our duty, the worthiness of God to be so esteemed, honoured, loved, submitted to, and served, as He requires of us, and the amiableness of the duties themselves that are required of us. And by this is seen the true evil of sin; for he who sees the beauty of holiness must necessarily see the hatefulness of sin, its contrary. By this men understand the true glory of heaven, which consists in the beauty and happiness that is in holiness. By this is seen the amiableness and happiness of both saints and angels. He that sees beauty of holiness, or true moral good, sees the greatest and most important thing in the world, which is the fulness of all things, without which all the world is empty, no better than nothing, yea, worse than nothing. Unless this is seen, nothing is seen that is worth the seeing; for there is no other true excellency or beauty. Unless this be understood, nothing is understood that is worthy of the exercise of the noble faculty of understanding. This is the beauty of the Godhead, and the divinity of Divinity (if I may so speak), the good of the infinite Fountain of good; without which, God Himself (if that were possible) would be an infinite evil; without which we ourselves had better never have been; and without which there had better have been no being.”

Tags : Beauty Holiness Morality Scripture
Source : The Religious Affections

152. “The lamp of divine, written revelation reveals the will of God for the believer. Whether it is expressed by biblical command or precept, by scriptural example or principle, the Word illumines the path every believer must take. This divine light in Scripture is not a mere option, but an absolute necessity for every follower of Christ.”

Tags : Bible Christ Christianity God Gospel Holiness Holy Spirit Scripture The Word Of God Truth

153. “Hell, hell fire, the damnation of hell, eternal damnation, the resurrection of the damnation, everlasting fire, the place of torment, destruction, outer darkness, the worm that never dies, the fire that is not quenched, the place of weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth, everlasting punishment... these are the words which the Lord Jesus Christ Himself employs. Away with the miserable nonsense which people talk in this day who tell us that the ministers of the gospel should never speak of hell.”

Tags : Bible Christ Christianity God Hell Holiness Jesus Scripture Truth
Author : J.C. Ryle

154. “When God intends a mercy for his people, he stirs up the spirit of prayer in them. Fervency unites the soul and directs the thoughts to the work at hand. It will not allow diversions and denies all foreign thoughts seeking to intrude. Pray fervently or you do nothing. Cold praying is no more prayer than a painting of fire is fire. How can prayers that do not even warm your own heart move God’s? A fervent prayer will never find a cold reception with God. Elijah’s prayer called fire down from heaven because it carried fire up to heaven.”

Tags : Bible Christ Christianity God Grace Holiness Holy Spirit Jesus Prayer Scripture The Word Of God Truth

155. “I would love God even if he damned me, because he was so gracious to others.”

Tags : Bible Christ God Grace Holiness Holy Spirit Love Scripture Truth

156. “A true prayer is an inventory of needs, a catalog of necessities, an exposure of secret wounds, a revelation of hidden poverty.”

Tags : Bible Christ Christianity Faith God Grace Holiness Holy Spirit Life Prayer Scripture Truth

157. “John Bunyan says that he never forgot the divinity he taught, because it was burnt into him when he was on his knees. That is the way to learn the gospel. If you learn it upon your knees you will never unlearn it. That which “men” teach you, men can unteach you – if I am merely convinced by reason, a better reasoner may deceive me. If I merely hold my doctrinal opinions because they seem “to me” to be correct, I may be led to think differently another day. But if “God” has taught them to me – he who is himself pure truth – I have not learned amiss, but I have so learned that I shall never unlearn, nor shall I forget.”

Tags : Bible Bunyan Christ God Holiness Holy Spirit Prayer Scripture Theology Truth

158. “In every sound convert the judgement is brought to approve of the laws and ways of Christ, and subscribe to them as most righteous and reasonable; the desire of the heart is to know the whole mind of Christ; the free and resolved choice of the heart is determined for the ways of Christ, before all the pleasures of sin, and prosperities of the world; it is the daily care of his life to walk with God.”

Tags : Bible Christ Christianity God Holiness Holy Spirit Lord Love Scripture Truth

159. “If deep in our hearts we suspect that God does not love us and cannot manage our affairs as well as we can, we certainly will not submit to His discipline.”

Tags : Discipline Holiness Submission
Source : Discipline: The Glad Surrender

160. “As we grow in holiness, we grow in hatred of sin; and God, being infinitely holy, has an infinite hatred of sin.”

Tags : Hatred Holiness Sin Zeal
Author : Jerry Bridges
Source : The Pursuit of Holiness

161. “Transfixed by the bright gaze of a lizard, I become calm. This stone on which the lizard lies was under the sea when lizards first came into being, and now the flood is wearing it away, to return it once again into the oceans.”

Tags : Beauty Evolution Geologic Time Holiness Mountains Nature Ocean Transformation
Source : The Snow Leopard

162. “The power of such a mountain is so great and yet so subtle that, without compulsion, people are drawn to it from near and far, as if by the force of some invisible magnet…this worshipful or religious attitude is not impressed by scientific facts, like figures of altitude, which are foremost in the mind of modern man. Nor is it motivated by the urge to ‘conquer’ the mountain.”

Tags : Beauty Sacred Places Holiness Mountain Mountains Soul Spirit Worship
Source : Way of the White Clouds

163. “We may feel that a particular habit 'isn't too bad,'but continually giving in to that habit weakens our wills against the onslaughts of temptation from other directions.”

Tags : Habits Holiness Temptation
Author : Jerry Bridges
Source : The Pursuit of Holiness

164. “But the guarding of our desires is more than fighting a rear-guard defensive action against temptations from the world, the flesh, and the devil. We must take the offensive. Paul directs us to set our hearts on things above, that is, on spiritual values (Colossians 3:1).”

Tags : Guarding Your Heart Holiness Offense Spiritual Values Temptation
Author : Jerry Bridges
Source : The Pursuit of Holiness

165. “As we become soft and lazy in our bodies, we tend to become soft and lazy spiritually.”

Tags : Holiness Laziness Lazy
Author : Jerry Bridges
Source : The Pursuit of Holiness

166. “Forming Holiness with filthy hands and heart which leads to a disastrous future is like trying to impress or form when your life is without formation.”

Tags : Form Holiness Sin

167. “We all belong to the holiness of our eternal soul.”

Tags : Belong Holiness Holy Life Life Philosophy Philosophy Soul Souls
Author : Munia Khan

168. “Holy communication, Holy life.”

Tags : Christian Behavior Christianity Faith Faith God Holiness Holy Inspirational Life Life And Living Pray Prayerful Habits Religion Religion And Philoshophy
Source : Think Great: Be Great!

169. “I need not adapt in certain ways. I am in fact but a visitor to this world, an ephemeral gasp within its long, tired history, and, before anything else, a follower of Christ. By this alone I have the power not to shuffle away from the Faith, the power to break loose from these marching-shackles of ongoing cultural and political pretense.”

Tags : Adaptation Christ Conformity Culture Faith Faithfulness Freedom Holiness Individuality Originality Politics Power Pretentiousness Real Rebel Religion Secular Shackles Shuffle Status Quo Strength World Zombie
Author : Criss Jami

170. “Man is a microcosm, or a little world, because he is an extract from all the stars and planets of the whole firmament, from the earth and the elements; and so he is their quintessence.”

Tags : Awe Holiness Mysticism Quintessence Sacred Wonder
Author : Paracelsus

171. “Christ is all in the entire work of salvation. Let me just take you back to the period before this world was made. There was a time when this great world, the sun, the moon, the stars, and all which now exist throughout the whole of the vast universe, lay in the mind of God, like unborn forests in an acorn cup. There was a time when the Great Creator lived alone, and yet he could foresee that he would make a world, and that men would be born to people it; and in that vast eternity a great scheme was devised, whereby he might save a fallen race. Do you know who devised it? God planned it from first to last. Neither Gabriel nor any of the holy angels had anything to do with it. I question whether they were even told how God might be just, and yet save the transgressors. God was all in the drawing up of the scheme, and Christ was all in carrying it out. There was a dark and doleful night! Jesus was in the garden, sweating great drops of blood, which fell to the ground; nobody then came to bear the load that had been laid upon him. An angel stood there to strengthen him, but not to bear the sentence. The cup was put into his hands, and Jesus said, "Father, must I drink it?" and his Father replied, "If thou dost not drink, sinners cannot be saved"; and he took the cup and drained it to its very dregs. No man helped him. And when he hung upon that accursed tree of Calvary, when his precious hands were pierced, when: "From his head, his hands, his feet, Sorrow and love flowed mingled down," there was nobody to help him. He was "all" in the work of salvation. And, my friends, if any of you shall be saved, it must be by Christ alone. There must be no patchwork; Christ did it all, and will not be helped in the matter. Christ will not allow you, as some say, to do what you can, and leave him to make up the rest. What can you do that is not sinful? Christ has done all for us; the work of redemption is all finished. Christ planned it all, and worked out all; and we, therefore, preach a full salvation through Jesus Christ.”

Tags : Christ Christianity God Grace Holiness Holy Spirit The Bible The Church Theology

172. “Jesus Himself was untamed.”

Tags : Holiness Masculinity Unpredictability
Source : In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive When Opportunity Roars

173. “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, 180”

Tags : God S Word Holiness Holy Spirit
Author : Jerry Bridges

174. “If contemporary Christians took seriously the possibility that those outside the boundaries of the church might hold the promise of renewal, if we ceased regarding ourselves as the source of salvation and the secular world as a potential threat, and if we emulated Jesus' example in accepting the faith and the courage of those who live beyond conventional standards of purity, well, I can hardly imagine how things would look.”

Tags : Diversity Holiness Purity Religion Salvation
Author : Greg Carey
Source : Sinners: Jesus and His Earliest Followers

175. “We have largely lost sight of the holiness and purity of God today. This is one reason why we tolerate sin so easily.”

Tags : Billy Graham God Holiness Purity Sin
Author : Billy Graham
Source : Billy Graham in Quotes

176. “As women, wea re given a great give: our purity. And everything that makes us who we are emotionally - our feminine nature, our sensitivity, our vulnerability, and our desire to give ourselves fully to one man - is part of that gift. Our purity is a treasure. it is so much more than just our physical virginity, it starts with who we are on the inside.”

Tags : Christian Dating Holiness Purity Relationships Vulnerability
Author : Leslie Ludy
Source : When God Writes Your Life Story: Experience the Ultimate Adventure

177. “Goodness is sparked by a caution for the sake of what is good, not a fear of what is bad.”

Tags : Bad Caution Discernment Evil Fear Good Holiness Judgment Love Morality Peace Protection Purity Reason Responsibility Sin Wisdom Wrong
Author : Criss Jami
Source : Healology

178. “If a person thinks continually about the purity and holiness of God, then that holiness will begin to show itself in that person's life.”

Tags : Holiness Person Purity Thinks

179. “It is preferable to have a virgin mind than a virgin body. Each is good if each be possible; if it be not possible, let me be chaste, not to man but to God.”

Tags : Chastity Holiness Purity Virginity
Source : Concerning Virgins


Tags : Holiness Light Purity Radiates
Author : Garey Gordon

181. “Throughout my life, until this very moment, whatever virtue I have accomplished, including any benefit that may come from this book, I dedicate to the welfare of all beings.May the roots of suffering diminish. May warfare, violence, neglect, indifference, and addiction also decrease.May the wisdom and compassion of all beings increase, now and in the future.May we clearly see all the barriers we erect between ourselves and others to be as insubstantial as our dreams.May we appreciate the great perfection of all phenomena.May we continue to open our hearts and minds, in order to work ceaselessly for the benefit of all beings.May we go to the places that scare us.May we lead the life of a warrior.”

Tags : Buddhism Holiness Lovingkindness Mindfulness Practice Prayer
Source : The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

182. “Holiness brings God glory.”

Tags : Glory Holiness

183. “Holiness purifies our lives.”

Tags : Christian Life Faith Holiness Inspiring Lessons In Life Self Help
Source : Think Great: Be Great!

184. “Holiness has most often been revealed to me in the exquisite pun of the first syllable, in holes- in not enough help, in brokenness, mess. High holy places, with ethereal sounds and stained glass, can massage my illusion of holiness, but in holes and lostness I can pick up the light of small ordinary progress, newly made moments flecked like pepper into the slog and the disruptions.”

Tags : Broken Faith Holiness Holy Ordinary
Author : Anne Lamott
Source : Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

185. “But that is the nature of true grace and spiritual light, that it opens to a person's view the infinite reason there is that he should be holy in a high degree. And the more grace he has, and the more this is opened to view, the greater sense he has of the infinite excellency and glory of the divine Being, and of the infinite dignity of the person of Christ, and the boundless length and breadth and depth and height of the love of Christ to sinners. And as grace increases, the field opens more and more to a distant view, until the soul is swallowed up with the vastness of the object, and the person is astonished to think how much it becomes him to love this God and this glorious Redeemer that has so loved man, and how little he does love. And so the more he apprehends, the more the smallness of his grace and love appears strange and wonderful: and therefore he is more ready to think that others are beyond him.”

Tags : God Grace Holiness Humility Love
Source : The Religious Affections

186. “Stand by; for I am holier than you!" What a parody on holiness! Jesus the Holy One is the humble One: the holiest will ever be the humblest. There is none holy but God: we have as much of holiness as we have of God.”

Tags : Holiness Humility
Author : Andrew Murray
Source : Humility

187. “Ironic that those most holy are least likely to see themselves that way.”

Tags : Holiness Humility
Author : Mark Buchanan
Source : The Holy Wild: Trusting in the Character of God

188. “Holiness always exalts a person and brings him closer to God.”

Tags : Exalt Holiness Person

189. “... the pursuit of holiness must bre anchored in grace; otherwise it is doomed to failure.”

Tags : Grace Holiness
Author : Jerry Bridges

190. “Whatever confronts your faith can be a test but if it stands to oppose the content of your personality and the validity of your convictions then it's threat.”

Tags : Challenge Christian Living Christianity Faith Holiness Inspirational Sanctification Trouble Worship

191. “He who lives according to God ought to cherish towards evil men a perfect hatred, so that he shall neither hate the man because of his vice nor love the vice because of the man.”

Tags : Correction Discernment Holiness Love
Source : City of God

192. “The path of holiness is a path of light.”

Tags : Christian Christianity Destiny Faith Fate God Holiness Holy Hope Inspiring Journey Life Light Path Religion Saved By Grace Saved From Sin Saved Souls Shine Your Light Shine Your Star Spiritual Your Journey Of Life
Source : Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

193. “they climbed their ladders to wheedle and prune the trees into holiness”

Tags : Holiness Pruning
Source : In the Cities of Coin and Spice

194. “Steadfastness in obedience to God is not a choice to make but a lifestyle to live out.”

Tags : Biblical Faith Faithfulness Holiness Inspirational Quotes

195. “​If you look a little deeper into the human mind, you shall discover that Holiness and Humanism are simply two vibrant sides of the same coin.”

Tags : Holiness Humanism Inspirational Inspirational Quotes Neurobiology Religion Spirituality
Source : In Search of Divinity: Journey to The Kingdom of Conscience

196. “W. S. Plumer said, “We never see sin aright until we see it as against God...All sin is against God in this sense: that it is His law that is broken, His authority that is despised, His government that is set at naught...Pharaoh and Balaam, Saul and Judas each said, ‘I have sinned’; but the returning prodigal said, ‘I have sinned against heaven and before thee’; and David said, ‘Against Thee, Thee only have I sinned.”

Tags : Holiness Sin
Author : Jerry Bridges
Source : The Pursuit of Holiness

197. “But I say that even as the holy and the righteous cannot rise beyond the highest which is in each one of you,So the wicked and the weak cannot fall lower than the lowest which is in you also.”

Tags : Holiness Weakness
Author : Kahlil Gibran
Source : The Prophet

198. “[God] disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness.”

Tags : Catholic Discipline Encouragement Holiness Inspirational
Author : Scott Hahn
Source : Hope for Hard Times

199. “He who had known the ceaseless worship of angels came to be a slave to men. Preaching, teaching, healing the sick, and raising the dead were parts of his ministry, of course, and the parts we might consider ourselves willing to do for God if that is what He asked. He could be seen to be God in those. But Jesus also walked miles in dusty heat. He healed, and people forgot to thank Him. He was pressed and harried by mobs of exigent people, got tired and hungry, was "tailed" and watched and pounced upon by suspicious, jealous, self-righteous religious leaders, and in the end was flogged and spat on and stripped and had nails hammered through His hands. He relinquished the right (or the honour) of being publicly treated as equal with God.”

Tags : Discipline Holiness Jesus
Source : Discipline: The Glad Surrender

200. “God will never disappoint us. He loves us and has only one purpose for us : holiness, which in His kingdom equals joy.”

Tags : Discipline Holiness
Source : Discipline: The Glad Surrender