On Holiness and Happiness

“No man should desire to be happy who is not at the same time holy. He should spend his efforts in seeking to know and do the will of God, leaving to Christ the matter of how happy he should be”–A.W. Tozer.

“I have a deep conviction that practical holiness and personal consecration of God are not sufficiently attended to by modern Christians in this country. Complacency and worldliness have eaten out the heart of a lively piety in many of us. The subject of personal holiness has fallen sadly into the background”–J.C. Ryle.

“It is only as you are holy that you will be happy as a part of the Family of God. Again and again, the Scripture admonishes us to holiness, and yet it is one of the most disregarded teachings of Scripture”–Ron Herrod.

“Holiness is the habit of being of one mind with God, according as we find His mind described in Scripture. It is the habit of agreeing in God’s judgment, hating what He hates, loving what He loves, and measuring everything in this world by the standard of His Word”–J.C. Ryle.

“A Pharisee is hard on others and easy on himself, but a spiritual man is easy on others and hard on himself”–A.W. Tozer.

“I believe the holier a man becomes, the more he mourns over the unholiness which remains in him”–Charles Spurgeon.

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  1. Mark Graham
    Jan 26, 2018

    Thanks so much Waylon. Your posts are always inspirational. I especially identify with the Spurgeon quote.

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