Friendship Is Better Than the Light
1 Samuel 18:1–3; Proverbs 17:17; 27:9, 17; 1 Thessalonians 2:8
A friend is more to be longed for than the light; I speak of a genuine one. And do not wonder: For it would be better for us that the sun should be extinguished than that we should be deprived of friends; better to live in darkness than to be without friends. And I will tell you why: Because many who see the sun are in darkness, but they can never even be in tribulation who abound in friends.
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Early Church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
“Sin Is a Downward Road”
Psalm 95:8; Proverbs 10:23; 2 Corinthians 2:11; 1 Timothy 4:2; James 3:5–6; 1 John 3:4–9
Smaller sins, if not guarded against in time, will issue in the greatest.… Sin will soon blind the eyes, and harden the heart, and sear the conscience. Sin is a downward road, whereon, if we fall, our descent may soon be accelerated beyond a possibility of recovery. A leak may appear but a small thing; yet will it sink a ship, if left without timely repair.
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Modern church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.