Quotations for April, 2013
Monday, April 1, 2013
Commemoration of Frederick Denison Maurice, Priest, teacher, 1872
It is far better, safer, truer language to speak of individual depravity than of universal depravity. By individual depravity I mean my own. I find it out in myself; or rather, He who searcheth me and trieth my ways, finds it out in me. That sense of depravity implies the recognition of a law which I have violated, of an order from which I have broken loose, of a Divine image which my character has not resembled. It is the law and the order which are universal. It is this character of Christ which is the true human character. It is easy enough to own [to] a general depravity; under cover of it you and I escape.
... Frederick Denison Maurice (1805-1872), Lincoln’s Inn Sermons, v. V, London: Macmillan, 1892, p. 267
(see the book; see also 1 John 1:8; Ps. 32:5; 38:18; 41:4; 51:1-10; 106:6; 130:1-3; John 3:19; Rom. 5:18; Jas. 5:16; 1 John 1:9-10; more at Christ, Depravity, Law, Sin)
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Nothing is too great and nothing is too small to commit into the hands of the Lord.
... A. W. Pink (1886-1952), in a letter, April 14, 1940
(see also Ps. 56:3; 22:9-10; 71:6; 139:14-16; Jer. 1:5; Mark 9:23-24; Luke 23:46; Rom. 1:16-17; Eph. 2:8-9; Heb. 10:35; more at Commitment, God, Prayer, Providence)
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Is not this at length too much to expect? Will a man ever love his enemies? He may come to do good to them that hate him; but when will he pray for them that despitefully use him and persecute him? When? When he is the child of his Father in heaven. Then shall he love his neighbour as himself, even if that neighbour be his enemy. In the passage in Leviticus ... quoted by our Lord and his apostles, we find the neighbour and the enemy are one.
... George MacDonald (1824-1905), “Love Thine Enemy”, in Unspoken Sermons [First Series], London: A. Strahan, 1867, p. 217-218
(see the book; see also Ex. 23:4-5; Lev. 19:18; Pr. 25:21; Matt. 5:43-48; Luke 6:27-28,35; 23:34; Rom. 12:14,20-21; 1 Pet. 3:9; more at Enemy, Father, Goodness, Hatred, Love, Prayer)
Thursday, April 4, 2013
I fear that if you take the preaching throughout the Church of Christ and ask why there is, alas! so little converting power in the preaching of the Word, why there is so much work and often so little result for eternity, why the Word has so little power to build up believers in holiness and in consecration,—the answer will come: It is the absence of the power of the Holy Ghost. And why is this? There can be no other reason but that the flesh and human energy have taken the place that the Holy Ghost ought to have.
... Andrew Murray (1828-1917), Absolute Surrender, Bible Institute Colportage Association, 1897, p. 86
(see the book; see also Gal. 3:2-3; Acts 8:14-17; 10:44-47; Rom. 1:17; 10:16-17; 1 Cor. 3:1; Gal. 5:6; more at Church, Conversion, Holiness, Holy Spirit, Power, Preach)
Friday, April 5, 2013
The most perfect way of seeking God, and the most suitable order, is not for us to attempt with bold curiosity to penetrate to the investigation of His essence, which we ought more to adore than meticulously to search out, but for us to contemplate Him in His works, whereby He renders Himself near and familiar to us, and in some manner communicates Himself.
... John Calvin (1509-1564), The Institutes of the Christian Religion, v. I , tr. John Allen, Presbyterian Board of Publication and Sabbath-School Work, 1921, I.v.9, p. 65
(see the book; see also Ps. 111:2; Gen. 1:31; Ps. 8:3-4; 92:4-5; 104:24; 139:14; Eccl. 3:11,14; Jer. 10:12; Eph. 2:6-7; more at Contemplation, God, Knowing God, Search, Way)
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Commemoration of Albrecht Dürer, artist, 1528, and Michelangelo Buonarrotti, artist, spiritual writer, 1564
No mortal object did these eyes beholdWhen first they met the placid light of thineAnd my Soul felt her destiny divine,And hope of endless peace in me grew bold:Heaven-born, the Soul a heavenward course must hold;Beyond the visible world She soars to seek(For what delights the sense is false and weak)Ideal Form, the universal mould.The wise man, I affirm, can find no restIn that which perishes; nor will he lendHis heart to aught which doth on time depend.’Tis sense, unbridled will, and not true love,That kills the soul: love betters what is best,Even here below, but more in heaven above.
... Michelangelo Buonarrotti (1475-1564), translated by William Wordsworth in The Complete Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, William Wordsworth, Philadelphia: Troutman & Hayes, 1851, p. 219
(see the book; see also 1 Cor. 13:12-13; Ps. 82:6-7; Mark 12:29-31; John 6:27; 10:34-36; 14:2-3; Gal. 5:14; Col. 3:14; 1 John 4:7-9; more at Destiny, Heart, Heaven, Hope, Light, Love, Peace, Soul, Time)
Sunday, April 7, 2013
He has great tranquillity of heart who cares neither for the praises nor the fault-finding of men. He will easily be content and pacified, whose conscience is pure. You are not holier if you are praised, nor the more worthless if you are found fault with. What you are, that you are; neither by word can you be made greater than what you are in the sight of God.
... Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471), Of the Imitation of Christ , Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1877, II.vi.2, p. 93
(see the book; see also Ps. 11:4; 139:1; Pr. 25:27; Matt. 6:1-2; Luke 16:15; John 5:41-44; 7:18; 12:42-43; Gal. 1:10; 1 Thess. 2:4-7; 1 Tim. 1:5; 3:9; 1 Pet. 3:15-16; more at Contentment, Gold, Holiness, Tranquility)
Monday, April 8, 2013
Commemoration of William Augustus Muhlenberg of New York, Priest, 1877
We cannot build too confidently on the merits of Christ, as our only hope; nor can we think too much of the mind that was in Christ, as our great example.
... Richard Cecil (1748-1810), The Works of the Rev. Richard Cecil, v. III, Boston: Crocker and Brewster, 1825, p. 144
(see the book; see also 1 Cor. 3:10-11; Isa. 28:16; Acts 4:11-12; 1 Cor. 2:16; 3:12-15; 11:1; Eph. 2:19-20; Phil. 2:5-7; 1 Tim. 1:16; 2 Tim. 2:19; 1 Pet. 2:6-8,21; more at Christ, Example, Hope, Mind)
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Feast of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Teacher, Martyr, 1945
Having reached the end of the Beatitudes, we naturally ask if there is any place on this earth for the community which they describe. Clearly, there is one place, and only one, and that is where the poorest, meekest, and most sorely tried of all men is to be found—on the cross at Golgotha. The fellowship of the Beatitudes is the fellowship of the Crucified. With him it has lost all, and with him it has found all.
... Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), The Cost of Discipleship, Simon and Schuster, 1959, p. 113-114
(see the book; see also Rev. 22:14; Matt. 5:3-12; John 14:21-23; Rom. 4:6-9; 1 John 3:23-24; 5:3-4; more at Community, Cross, Crucifixion, Fellowship, Golgotha, Jesus)
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Feast of William Law, Priest, Mystic, 1761
Commemoration of William of Ockham, Franciscan Friar, Philosopher, Teacher, 1347
Commemoration of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Priest, Scientist, Visionary, 1955
This Spirit of love, born of that celestial fire, with which Christ baptizes his true disciples, is alone that Spirit which can enter into heaven, and therefore is that Spirit which is to be born in us whilst we are on earth; for no one can enter into heaven, till he is made heavenly, till the Spirit of heaven is entered into him; and therefore all that our Lord hath said of denying and dying to self, and of his parting with all that he hath, are practices absolutely necessary from the nature of the thing.
... William Law (1686-1761), The Spirit of Love [1752-4], in Works of Rev. William Law, v. VIII, London: G. Moreton, 1893, p. 73
(see the book; see also John 12:24-25; Matt. 3:11; 5:20; 16:24; 18:3-4; John 3:3-5; Rom. 6:6-7; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; 15:31; Gal. 2:20; 5:24; 1 Pet. 2:24; more at Baptism, Christ, Fire, Heaven, Love, Self, Spirit)
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Commemoration of George Augustus Selwyn, first Bishop of New Zealand, 1878
It is vain, then, to speak of reposing trust in the Person without believing the message. For trust involves a personal relation between the one who trusts and him in whom the trust is reposed. And in this case the personal relation is set up by the blessed theology of the Cross.
... J. Gresham Machen (1881-1937), Christianity and Liberalism, The Macmillan Company, 1923, p. 44
(see the book; see also 2 Tim. 1:11-12; Ps. 9:10; 31:5; Isa. 53:1; John 1:11-13; Rom. 10:12-15; Phil. 3:8-11; more at Cross, Jesus, Theology, Trust)
Friday, April 12, 2013
It is out of the question to be one with Him in any other way than in the way of nature, and character, and life. Unless we are Christ-like in our thoughts and our ways, we are not one with Him, no matter how we feel.
... Hannah Whitall Smith (1832-1911), Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life, London: F. E. Longley, 1876, p. 130 (new ed.)
(see the book; see also 1 John 4:16-17; Matt. 10:37-38; John 6:53-56; 14:23; Rom. 8:10-11,29; 12:2; 1 Cor. 15:48-49; 2 Cor. 5:21; Phil. 2:5-7; 3:10-11; 1 John 3:2; 4:12-15; more at Attitudes, Christ, Life, Nature, Thought, Way)
Saturday, April 13, 2013
To recognize with delight all high, and generous, and beautiful actions; to find a joy even in seeing the good qualities of your bitterest opponents, and to admire those qualities even in those with whom you have least sympathy—this is the only spirit which can heal the love of slander and of calumny. If we would bless God, we must first learn to bless man, who is made in the image of God.
... Frederick W. Robertson (1816-1853), Sermons Preached at Trinity Chapel, Brighton, v. III, Boston: Ticknor & Fields, 1859, p. 60-61
(see the book; see also Luke 6:27-28; Ps. 34:12-13; 52:4; Pr. 24:17-18; Matt. 5:11,43-45; Luke 23:34; Acts 7:60; Rom. 3:13; 12:14; Eph. 4:31; Phil. 4:8; Tit. 3:1-2; Jas. 3:5-6; 4:11; 1 Pet. 3:10,15-16; more at Beauty, Blessing, God, Goodness, Joy, Man, Sympathy)
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Unfortunately, contemporary men and women simply do not value self-knowledge in the same way that all preceding generations have. For us technocratic knowledge reigns supreme. Even when we pursue self-knowledge, we all too often reduce it to a hedonistic search for personal peace and prosperity. How poor we are! Even the pagan philosophers were wiser than this generation. They knew that an unexamined life was not worth living.
... Richard J. Foster (b. 1942), Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home, HarperCollins, 1992, p. 30
(see the book; see also Ps. 4:4; 26:2; 139:1,23-24; Lam. 3:40; Hag. 1:7; Rom. 8:26-27; 12:1; 1 Cor. 2:10; 11:27-31; 2 Cor. 13:5; more at Knowledge, Peace, Philosophy, Poverty, Prosperity, Self)
Monday, April 15, 2013
We believe that the death of Christ is just that point in history at which something absolutely unimaginable from outside shows through into our own world. And if we cannot picture even the atoms of which our own world is built, of course we are not going to be able to picture this. Indeed, if we found that we could fully understand it, that very fact would show it was not what it professes to be—the inconceivable, the uncreated, the thing from beyond nature, striking down into nature like lightning. You may ask what good it will be to us if we do not understand it. But that is easily answered. A man can eat his dinner without understanding exactly how food nourishes him. A man can accept what Christ has done without knowing how it works: indeed, he certainly would not know how it works until he has accepted it.
... C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), Mere Christianity, New York: MacMillan, 1952, reprint, HarperCollins, 2001, p. 55
(see the book; see also 1 Cor. 15:3-5; Isa. 53:5; Mark 9:23-24; John 6:32-35,48-58; Rom. 5:8-9; Eph. 3:8-10,16-19; Phil. 4:7; Col. 1:25-27; 2:2-3; 3:3; 1 Pet. 3:18-20; more at Belief, Christ, Historical, Knowledge, Man, Understanding, World)
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
For many years the Christians met in homes and never possessed any special buildings for their gatherings. As religio illicita, no thought could be had of a permanent structure for gatherings. This would only facilitate matters for the Roman government in its merciless persecutions. The early Church was very conscious of its pilgrim character in a world which was at enmity with God.
... Donald L. Norbie (1923-2014), New Testament Church Organization, Interest, Chicago: 1955, p. 21
(see the book; see also 1 Cor. 16:19; Ps. 137:4; Luke 9:54-58; John 15:18-20; Acts 16:14,15; Rom. 5:10; 8:7; 16:5; Col. 4:15; Philem. 1:2; Heb. 11:16; 1 John 3:13; more at Church, God, Home, Permanence, Pilgrim, War)
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
As long as I see any thing to be done for God, life is worth having: but O how vain and unworthy it is, to live for any lower end!
... David Brainerd (1718-1747), Memoirs of the Rev. David Brainerd, New Haven: S. Converse, 1822, p. 424
(see the book; see also Job 13:14-15; Ps. 39:4-7; 94:11; 119:81; Isa. 47:8-9; Luke 8:14; 12:16-21; Rom. 15:13; Heb. 11:24-26; more at God, Life, Obedience, Vanity)
Thursday, April 18, 2013
The great question for us now is, Do we believe in that love of God which Christ taught by His words, and of which His followers saw in His voluntary death a crowning manifestation? And remember that even belief in the love of God will do us no good unless it awakes answering love in ourselves—unless it adds to our hatred of the sin which separates us from God and increases our love of other men.
... James Hastings Rashdall (1858-1924), Principles and Precepts, Oxford: B. Blackwell, 1927, p. 126
(see the book; see also Ps. 97:10; Amos 5:15; John 15:13; Rom. 5:6-8,20-21; 7:13; 12:9; Heb. 1:8-9; Jas. 1:13-15; more at Belief, Christ, Death, God, Hatred, Love, Question, Sin, Teach)
Friday, April 19, 2013
Commemoration of Alphege, Archbishop of Canterbury, Martyr, 1012
If your path had been smooth, you would have depended upon your own surefootedness; but God roughened that path, so you have to take hold of His hand. If the weather had been mild, you would have loitered along the watercourses, but at the first howl of the storm you quickened your pace heavenward and wrapped around you the warm robe of a Saviour’s righteousness.
... Thomas De Witt Talmage (1832-1902), The Pathway of Life, Historical Publishing Company for the Christian Herald, 1894, p. 100
(see the book; see also Acts 2:21; Lam. 3:32-33; Amos 4:6-11; Matt. 14:25-33; Rom. 5:3-4; 8:28; 2 Cor. 4:17; 12:7-9; Jas. 1:12; Rev. 3:19; more at Dependence, God, Guidance, Righteousness, Savior)
Saturday, April 20, 2013
To pray in the name of Christ means to pray in the awareness that our prayers have no worthiness or efficacy apart from his atoning sacrifice and redemptive mediation. It means to appeal to the blood of Christ as the source of power for the life of prayer. It means to acknowledge our complete helplessness apart from his mediation and intercession. To pray in his name means that we recognize that our prayers cannot penetrate the tribunal of God unless they are presented to the Father by the Son, our one Savior and Redeemer.
... Donald G. Bloesch (1928-2010), The Struggle of Prayer, Harper & Row, 1980, p. 36-37
(see the book; see also John 15:7; 14:13-14; 15:16; 16:23-26; Rom. 8:26; more at Atonement, Blood, Christ, Father, Helplessness, Intercession, Prayer, Sacrifice, Savior)
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Feast of Anselm, Abbot of Le Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury, Teacher, 1109
For I seek not to understand in order that I may believe; but I believe in order that I may understand. For this also I believe,—that unless I believe, I should not understand.
... St. Anselm (1033-1109), Discourse on the Existence of God, Chicago: The Opencourt Publishing Co, 1903, p. 7
(see the book; see also Prov. 28:5; John 7:16-18; Eph. 4:17-18; Col. 1:9; 2:2; more at Belief, Faith, Understanding)
Monday, April 22, 2013
Between the press and the pulpit there is this mighty difference. The pulpit has a Word, the press has none... The one has a Gospel which is the source of its liberty, the other has no Gospel but liberty, which in itself is no Gospel at all. Liberty is only opportunity for a Gospel... The press may offer an opinion as to how the public should act, but the pulpit is there with a message as to whom the acting public must obey and trust. The press is an adviser, but the pulpit is a prophet; the press may have a thought, the pulpit must have a Gospel, nay a command.
... P. T. Forsyth (1848-1921), Positive Preaching and Modern Mind, New York: A. C. Armstrong & Son, 1907, p. 43
(see the book; see also Eph. 6:19-20; Matt. 10:27-28; Acts 4:29; 28:31; Rom. 8:21; 1 Cor. 1:5-6; 2 Cor. 3:17; Gal. 5:1; Col. 4:3-6; 1 Thess. 2:2; Jude 1:3; more at Commandment, Gospel, Liberty, Obedience, Prophet, Trust)
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Feast of George, Martyr, Patron of England, c.304
Commemoration of Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury, Teacher, 1988
The melodious music of the Psalms has been designed for us, that those who are boys in years, or at least but lads in ways of life, while they seem to be singing, may in reality be carrying on the education of the soul. It is not easy for the inattentive to retain in their memory, when they go home, an injunction of an apostle or prophet; but the sayings of the Psalms are sung in our houses and travel with us through the streets.
... St. Basil the Great (330?-379), from Homily XXII, “Humility”, in A Select Library of Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church, second series, v. VIII, Philip Schaff & Henry Wace, ed., New York: Christian Literature Company, 1895, p. xlv
(see the book; see also Ps. 47:7; 33:3; 40:3; 96:1; 149:1; Luke 24:44; Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16; Jas. 5:13; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Rev. 5:9-10; more at Art, Beauty, Memory, Music, Song, Youth)
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Commemoration of Mellitus, First Bishop of London, 624
God is absolutely free. He doesn’t do anything because he has to do it. There is no necessitas in God. He is not a part of the cause-effect sequence of things. He operates out of free love—no constraints.
... Eugene H. Peterson (1932-2018), in “On Being Unnecessary”, The Unnecessary Pastor, Marva J. Dawn, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2000, p. 5
(see the book; see also Ex. 33:19; Isa. 65:1; Mic. 7:18; Luke 10:21; John 1:12-13; 3:8; Rom. 2:4; 9:15-21; Eph. 1:4-8; more at Freedom, God, Love)
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Feast of Mark the Evangelist
[Dr. Johnson to a Quaker:] Oh, let us not be found, when our Master calls us, ripping the lace off our waistcoats, but the spirit of contention from our souls and tongues.
... Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., v. IV , James Boswell, New York: Derby & Jackson, 1858, p. 12 fn
(see the book; see also 2 Tim. 2:23; Matt. 23:23-24; Luke 11:42; 1 Cor. 1:8; 13:2; Tit. 3:9; 1 Tim. 1:3-7; 4:7; 2 Tim. 2:14; more at Call, Contention, Historical, Jesus, Second Coming, Soul, Spirit)
Friday, April 26, 2013
Jeremiah refutes the popular, modern notion that the end of religion is an integrated personality, freed of its fears, its doubts, and its frustrations. Certainly Jeremiah was no integrated personality. It is doubtful if... he ever knew the meaning of the word “peace.” We have no evidence that his internal struggle was ever ended, although the passing years no doubt brought an increasing acceptance of destiny. Jeremiah, if his “confessions” are any index, needed a course in pastoral psychiatry in the very worst way... The feeling cannot be escaped that if Jeremiah had been integrated, it would have been at the cost of ceasing to be Jeremiah! A man at peace simply could not be a Jeremiah. Spiritual health is good; mental assurance is good; but the summons of faith is neither to an integrated personality nor to the laying by of all questions, but to the dedication of personality—with all its fears and questions—to its duty and destiny under God.
... John Bright (1908-1995), The Kingdom of God, Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, 1953, p. 120
(see the book; see also Jer. 15:10; 9:25-26; Hos. 1:2; Matt. 10:34-36; Luke 12:49-53; John 7:40-49; Acts 14:1-6; Rom. 2:28-29; 2 Cor. 11:23-27; more at Bible, Confession, Destiny, Doubt, Duty, Fear, God, Peace, Religion, Struggle)
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Feast of Christina Rossetti, Poet, 1894
A Rose Plant in Jericho.
At morn I plucked a rose and gave it Thee,A rose of joy and happy love and peace,A rose with scarce a thorn:But in the chillness of a second mornMy rose bush drooped, and all its gay increaseWas but one thorn that wounded me.
I plucked the thorn and offered it to Thee;And for my thorn Thou gavest love and peace,Not joy this mortal morn:If Thou hast given much treasure for a thorn,Wilt Thou not give me for my rose increaseOf gladness, and all sweets to me?
My thorny rose, my love and pain, to TheeI offer; and I set my heart in peace,And rest upon my thorn:For verily I think to-morrow mornShall bring me Paradise, my gift’s increase,Yea, give Thy very Self to me.
... Christina Rossetti (1830-1894), Christina Rossetti: the complete poems, London: Penguin Classics, 2001, p. 224
(see the book; see also Rev. 21:3-5; Matt. 7:13-14; 27:28-29; Mark 15:17; John 14:27; 2 Cor. 12:7; more at Gladness, God, Joy, Love, Pain, Peace, Treasure, Weakness)
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Commemoration of Peter Chanel, Religious, Missionary in the South Pacific, Martyr, 1841
The less secure people are in their beliefs, the more strident they become. Conversely, the more confident people are of the truth, the more grace they exhibit to those who don’t agree. “Tolerance is the natural endowment of true convictions,” wrote Paul Tournier.
... Charles W. Colson (1931-2012), The Body, Waco: Word, 1992, p. 102
(see the book; see also Eph. 4:29; Ps. 71:15; Matt. 10:18-20; Luke 4:22; 21:14-15; Rom. 14:1; Col. 4:6; 2 Tim. 2:25-26; 1 Pet. 3:15-16; more at Belief, Confidence, Conviction, Grace, Security, Tolerance, Truth)
Monday, April 29, 2013
Feast of Catherine of Siena, Mystic, Teacher, 1380
Prodigal sons, forgiven and reconciled with their heavenly Father—could they do other than forgive one another? A fellowship of prodigal sons came into being—the Church of Christ. Love begets love. A new power ... was let loose upon our suffering world, the power to love those who have not deserved love, the unworthy, the unlovely and unlovable, a man’s enemies, and even his torturers. Christians, in imitation of the Saviour, became, as it were, Christs to one another and to the world.
... Theodore O. Wedel (1892-1970), The Holy Catholic Church, Cincinnati: Forward Movement Publications, 19--, p. 6
(see the book; see also Eph. 1:18-21; Matt. 9:10-13; 11:19; Mark 2:15-17; Luke 5:29-32; 7:36-38; 15:1-2; 19:1-10; John 13:34; Rom. 5:8; 12:21; 14:13; more at Christ, Church, Fellowship, Forgiveness, Love, Power, Prodigal, Reconciliation, Savior, Son, World)
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Commemoration of Pandita Mary Ramabai, Translator of the Scriptures, 1922
Above all, beware of letting go the spirit of peace because of your faults. Humble yourself before God because of them, repent, make such reparation for them as you are able, and then do not dwell upon them any more. It is often mere pride which frets at finding itself beset by the same often renewed faults, and at its lack of spiritual progress. Do not deceive yourself into the belief that such disquiet is humility. A really humble soul accepts its faults with patience, and goes afresh on in confidence and hope.
... Jean Nicolas Grou (1731-1803), The Hidden Life of the Soul, London: Rivingtons, 1870, p. 147-148
(see the book; see also 1 John 2:1-2; Ps. 103:8-12; Mic. 6:8; John 3:16-17; Rom. 5:1-2; 12:16; 1 Cor. 1:27-29; 13:4; 2 Cor. 5:18-19; 10:5; Phil. 2:3; 1 Tim. 2:5-6; Heb. 4:15-16; Jas. 4:6-7; 1 Pet. 5:5; 1 John 1:4-9; more at Confidence, God, Hope, Humility, Patience, Peace, Progress, Repentance, Soul, Spirit)
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