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Faith is a knowledge of the benevolence of God toward us, and a certain persuasion of His veracity.

    Topics: Faith, Blessings

Faith...is a steady and certain knowledge of the Divine benevolence towards us, which being founded on the truth of the gratuitous promise in Christ, is both revealed to our minds, and confirmed to our hearts, by the Holy Spirit.

    Topics: Faith, Holy Spirit

Seeing that a pilot steers the ship in which we sail, who will never allow us to perish even in the midst of shipwrecks, there is no reason why our minds should be overwhelmed with fear and overcome with weariness.

    Topics: Fear

Many falsely suppose that the feelings, which God has implanted in us as natural, proceed only from a defect. Accordingly the perfecting of believers does not depend on their casting off all feelings, but on their yielding to them and controlling them, only for proper reason.

    Topics: Feelings
    Source: Commentary on Acts 20:37.

As idle talk is often concealed under the garb of jesting, and wit, the Apostle Paul expressly condemns pleasantry, which is so agreeable as to seem a praiseworthy virtue, as a part of foolish talking.

    Topics: Foolishness

God cannot be comprehended by us, except as far as he accommodates himself to our standard.

    Topics: God

Nobody seriously believes the universe was made by God without being persuaded that He takes care of His works.

    Topics: God

It is beyond dispute that some awareness of God exists in the human mind by natural instinct, since God Himself has given everyone some idea of Him so that no one can plead ignorance.

    Topics: God

Men cannot open their eyes without being compelled to see Him [and] wherever you cast your eyes, there is no spot in the universe wherein you cannot discern at least some sparks of His glory.

    Topics: God
    Source: Institutes, I, 5.1.

Augustine does not disagree with this when he teaches that it is a faculty of the reason and the will to choose good with the assistance of grace; evil, when grace is absent.

    Topics: Good and Evil

I consider looseness with words no less of a defect than looseness of the bowels.

    Topics: Gossip

It is a sign of a perverse and treacherous disposition to wound the good name of another, when he has no opportunity of defending himself.

    Topics: Gossip

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