Do Not Worry about the Time of Your Conversion
John 3:3–6; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 4:22–24
[Satan] will ask the Christian what was the time of his conversion; “Are you a Christian,” will he say, “and do you not know when you commenced?” Now keep the plains, and content yourself with this, that you see the streams of grace, though the time of your conversion be like the head of Nilus, not to be found. God often comes early, before gross sins have deflowered the soul, and steals into the creature’s bosom without much noise. In such a case Satan does but abuse you, when he sends you on his errand. You may know the sun is up, though you did not observe when it rose.
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Blessed Is the Servant Who Is Not Envious
Matthew 23:12; 1 Corinthians 3:3; 13:4; Galatians 5:26
Blessed is that servant who is not more puffed up because of the good the Lord says and works through him than because of that which He says and works through others. A man sins who wishes to receive more from his neighbor than he is himself willing to give to the Lord God.
FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.