Alexander Pope penned some very perceptive words when he wrote, "The greatest magnifying glasses in the world are a man's own eyes when they look upon his own person.' Whilst we must understand the poverty of our earthly existence, it is not easy: we are important but only to God and we therefore must come to acknowledge the true worth of our mortal lives. For us to have the understanding and humility to acknowledge our true worth in this world and the wisdom to understand our true value in God's world is to be truly blessed.
Pride and self regard both mean that we have a desire for the approval of ourselves and others and such feelings are nowhere to be found in God's Kingdom for they are spawned in hell.
The choice made by every lost soul is that it is better to reign in hell than to serve in Heaven.
Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.
We cannot see God in our present state (Exodus 33:20) "you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live", and this is not because He hides Himself but because we are not yet such that He can reveal Himself. To look on the face of God whilst still in our present, earthly state would mean our destruction.
Christians must cheerfully bear the blows of the heavenly Sculpture's mallet.
Beware of those who preach the Word and yet cut and reshape the words of the Gospel of the Lord so as to take the very life from them; who quench all their glory and colour due to their own poor understanding and belief.
Those who hear, understand, believe and obey are the true disciples of Christ.
There is no such thing as a foreigner for we are all children of God.
Ambition is the desire to be above our neighbour.
Sin is not only unknown in Heaven it is un-knowable.
The love of neighbour is the only door out of the dungeon of self.
It needs clean hands to have a pure heart.
Looking back.. lot's wife.. pillar of salt. Do not look back.
Remember what Jesus said in Luke 9:62, "Anyone who puts a hand to the plough and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God"
Life on earth is the training ground for the eternal, where we are given the ropes and axes of morality to help us attain the heights where resides God.
God's thoughts are not as our thoughts nor are His ways as our ways for His are sheerly different and infinitely better even than our hopes and expectations and so we must learn to trust Him.
The finite, believing, obedient Christian who dwells in the Love of the Infinite is finite no longer.
To believe in such a man as Jesus with such a message as is revealed in the Gospel narrative is to know 'Life'.
The dark mist of doubt is the curtain which hides from many the light of the World.
Our neighbour is the holiest object revealed to us by our senses.
A great danger to Christians is having to live in a temporal world and the necessity of dealing with things not Holy.
Many examine the Jesus of the Gospels from head to foot and not finding Him like the Jesus of their own understanding, continue to kneel before a vague form and thereby worship a figure that has emerged from their own imagination.
It is not that which God can give us we want but God Himself.
If we die daily we will be happy when we come to Life.
Aspiration is the hope of achieving something whilst ambition is a strong desire and determination to achieve the object of its desire and that journey can lead to the exclusion of all else – even God.
Many mistake the love of facts for the love of Truth and turn away from any Truth the intellect cannot formulate. A zeal for God will never consume such folk.
“And men go abroad to admire the heights of mountains, the mighty waves of the sea, the broad tides of rivers, the compass of the ocean, and the circuits of the stars, yet pass over the mystery of themselves without a thought.” ―Augustine of Hippo -, Confessions
God became incarnate and thus an object of our senses which we can perceive through His humanity, through His acts; through His body, through His death on a cross and subsequent resurrection, to reveal Him to our senses as not only man but God the Word. (Ephesians. 3: 17-19)
Thankfully for our blessedness, the pleasure of possessions soon fades.
To say that someone might do wrong and be none the worse would be the same as saying that no might be yes or darkness, might be light.
The one thing that cannot be forgiven is the sin of refusing deliverance. It is impossible for God to forgive that for it would be like God taking part in it.
No one is condemned for anything done, only continuing to do wrong.
The true disciple will always know that which he ought to do but not necessarily that which another ought to do.
To the one who obeys and thereby opens the door of their heart, God gives the Spirit of His Son.
Christ died to save us not from suffering but from ourselves, not from injustice but from being unjust.
Those who seek God for Himself as opposed to seeking Him for that which He can give are likely to have their wishes granted because they are not likely to ask amiss.
The 'self' is given to us that we might sacrifice it.
The Love that is born in us is our salvation from selfishness.
We must not allow our curiosity to 'wonder' scriptural Truths away.
God gave us light not to shine only for ourselves but to give light to others for light unshared is darkness.
Nothing is of the light that does not bear witness of God.