Good Monday Morning to this week 41 of 2019
It’s always good to learn from the past. Since I like reading quotes, I looked through the centuries (sounds amazing I can do that nowadays) and found one I liked to each period. Between the 10th and 12th, it was harder to find any. It seems like they were too busy preparing the crusades, with Pope Leo, Gregory and Urban completely occupied with another separation within the church.
Listed are 21 quotes of Christian Theologians. At the end, I then added three odd quotes in completion. I wish you much inspiration as you read and discover!
1st Apostle James
For the one who does not practice mercy will have his judgment without mercy.
Mercy triumphs over judgment.
Hope is patience with the lamp lit.
3rd Marcus Minucius Felix
The poor man is he who, having much, craves for more.
4th Basil of Caesarea
A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.” “A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.
5th Augustine of Hippo
You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.
6th Gregory the Great
The spiritual director should not reduce his attention to the internal life because of external occupations, nor should he relinquish his care for external matters because of his anxiety for the internal life.
7th Isaac of Nineveh
There is love like a small lamp, which goes out when the oil is consumed; or like a stream which dries up when it doesn’t rain. But there is a love that is like a mighty spring gushing up out of the earth; it keeps flowing forever, and is inexhaustible.
8th John of Damascus
He who longs alway after God, he seeth Him: for God is in all things. Existing things are dependent on that which is, and nothing can be unless it is in that which is. God then is mingled with everything, maintaining their nature: and in His holy flesh the God-Word is made one in subsistence and is mixed with our nature, yet without confusion.
9th Johannes Scotus Eriugena
Christ wears “two shoes” in the world: Scripture and nature. Both are necessary to understand the Lord, and at no stage can creation be seen as a separation of things from God.
10th Anselm of Canterbury
God does not delay to hear our prayers because He has no mind to give; but that, by enlarging our desires, He may give us the more largely.
11th Peter Abelard
The beginning of wisdom is found in doubting; by doubting we come to the question, and by seeking we may come upon the truth.
12th Hildegard of Bingen
You are encircled by the arms of the mystery of God.
13th Thomas Aquinas
To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary.
To one without faith, no explanation is possible.
14th William of Ockham
Keep things simple.
15th Catherine of Siena
Speak the truth in a million voices. It is silence that kills.
16th Ulrich Zwingli
Our confidence in Christ does not make us lazy, negligent, or careless, but on the contrary, it awakens us, urges us on, and makes us active in living righteous lives and doing good.
17th John Owen
The growth of trees and plants takes place so slowly that it is not easily seen. Daily we notice little change. But, in course of time, we see that a great change has taken place. So it is with Grace. Sanctification is a progressive, lifelong work. It is an amazing work of God’s grace and it is a work to be prayed for.
18th George Whitefield
Press forward. Do not stop, do not linger in your journey, but strive for the mark set before you. Fight the good fight of faith, and God will give you spiritual mercies.
19th Charles Spurgeon
A dark cloud is no sign that the sun has lost his light, and dark black convictions are no arguments that God has laid aside His mercy.
20th Reinhold Niebuhr
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
21st Eugene Peterson
I’m bankrupt without love. Mercy to the needy is a loan to God, and God pays back those loans in full.
2nd Martin Luther King, Jr.
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
23rd Dallas Willard
We don’t believe something by merely saying we believe it, or even when we believe that we believe it. We believe something when we act as if it were true.
24th and the last quote of this series by Miroslav Volf
Faith is the way we as receivers relate appropriately to God as the giver.
It is, empty hands held open for God to fill.
Wishing you a wonderful and inspired week.