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Should we take the trouble to observe ourselves we will easily perceive how changeful are our feelings. Few matters in the world are as changeable as emotion. We can be one way one minute and feel quite opposite the next. He therefore who lives by emotion lives without principle.

    Topics: Character, Feelings

Unspeakable sorrow usually follows upon hilarious joy, great depression after high excitement, deep withdrawal after burning fervor. Even in the matter of love, it may commence as such but due to some emotional alteration it may end up with a hatred whose intensity far exceeds the earlier love.

    Topics: Character, Hatred, Depression

The more one probes the workings of an emotional life the more he will be convinced of its vacillation and undependability. No one should wonder that a child of God who walks by emotion rather than by spirit usually comports himself in a wavelike fashion. He bemoans his existence because it is so unstable.

    Topics: Character

Never decide on anything or start to do anything while emotion is agitating like a roaring sea. Again, during that time even our conscience is rendered unreliable.

    Topics: Character, Conscience

A real spiritual life is never dominated by, nor lived in, feeling. Rather does it regulate feeling. Nowadays Christians mistake a life of feeling for spiritual experience. This is because many have never entered into genuine spirituality and hence interpret happy sensation to be spiritual experience.

    Topics: Character

Man's mind occupies a large place in his life because his thought easily influences his action.

    Topics: Character

Outside of Christ, I am only a sinner, but in Christ, I am saved. Outside of Christ, I am empty; in Christ, I am full. Outside of Christ, I am weak; in Christ, I am strong. Outside of Christ, I cannot; in Christ, I am more than able. Outside of Christ, I have been defeated; in Christ, I am already victorious. How meaningful are the words, "in Christ."

    Topics: Christ, Victory

Fellowship means among other things that we are ready to receive of Christ from others. Other believers minister Christ to me, and I am ready to receive.

    Topics: Christ, Fellowship

A Christian life is an unending engagement on the battlefield.

    Topics: Christianity

The Christian experience, from start to finish, is a journey of faith.

    Topics: Christianity, Faith

Separation to God, separation from the world, is the first principle of Christian living.

    Topics: Christianity

To keep our hand on the plow while wiping away our tears -- THAT is Christianity!

    Topics: Christianity

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