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Nothing can make a man truly great but being truly good, and partaking of God's holiness.

    Topics: Holiness

The flower of youth never appears more beautiful than when it bends toward the sun of righteousness.

    Topics: Holiness, Youth, Beauty

If therefore our houses be houses of the Lord, we shall for that reason love home, reckoning our daily devotion the sweetest of our daily delights; and our family-worship the most valuable of our family-comforts... A church in the house will be a good legacy, nay, it will be a good inheritance, to be left to your children after you.

    Topics: Home
    Source: The Complete Works of Matthew Henry, Baker, 1979, p. 260-261.

Honest policy is a good friend, both to our safety and to our usefulness. The serpent's head may well become a good Christian's body, especially if it have a dove's eye in it.

    Topics: Honesty

The frequent requiring and using of oaths, is a poor reflection on Christians, who should be of such acknowledged fidelity, as that their sober words should be as sacred as their solemn oaths.

    Topics: Honesty

The worse men are, the less they are bound by oaths; the better they are, the less there is need for them. Our Lord does not enjoin the precise terms wherein we are to affirm or deny, but such a constant regard to truth as would render oaths unnecessary.

    Topics: Honesty

Absalom, who was a fool, wished himself a judge; Solomon, who was a wise man, trembles at the undertaking, and suspects his own fitness for it. The more knowing and considerate men are, the better they are acquainted with their own weakness, and the more jealous of themselves.

    Topics: Humility, Weakness

Those who complain most are most to be complained of.

    Topics: Hypocrisy

Hypocrites do the devil's drudgery in Christ's livery.

    Topics: Hypocrisy

It is common for those that are farthest from God, to boast themselves most of their being near to the Church.

    Topics: Hypocrisy, Boasting

Idleness gives great advantage to the tempter. Standing waters gather filth.

    Topics: Idleness
    Source: Commentary, 2 Samuel 11:2.

The devil visits idle men with his temptations. God visits industrious men with His favors.

    Topics: Idleness, Temptation
    Source: Commentary, 1 Sam. 6:13.

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