Quotes to Ponder from the Puritans

The stern, serious, pious, no-nonsense Puritans have much to teach us today, living as we do in a shallow, superficial, spiritually bankrupt society (globally). They had a lofty view of God and His Word and, for them, Scripture reigned supreme over life and conduct. They desired purity in the Churches and advocated a strict morality. Let us pause now (selah) and meditate on the following wise words.

There is more evil in a drop of sin than in a sea of affliction – Thomas Watson

He [God] gives gifts that we may love Him, and stripes that we may fear Him. Yea, oftentimes He mixes frowns with his favours – George Downame

He that will be angry, and not sin, must not be angry but for sin – John Trapp

Anger should not be destroyed, but sanctified – William Jenkyn

Though Christ’s coat was once divided, He will never suffer His crown to be divided – Thomas Brooks

To forsake Christ for the world, is to leave a treasure for a trifle….. eternity for a moment, reality for a shadow – William Jenkyn

Those that look to be happy must first look to be holy – Richard Sibbes

You must beware of being loose Christians…. If ungodliness is in the heart, it is no difficult thing for error to get into the head. A loose heart can best comply with loose principles – Thomas Lye

It is good to find out our sins, lest they find us out – Thomas Watson

Temptations and occasions put nothing into a man, but only draw out what was in him before – John Owen

Satan gives Adam an apple, and takes away Paradise. Therefore, in all temptations, let us consider not what he offers, but what we shall lose – Richard Sibbes

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