Tuesday, December 09, 2008

True Holiness

"When people talk of having received 'such a blessing', and of having found 'the higher life', after hearing some earnest advocate of 'holiness by faith and self-consecration', while their friends and families see no improvement and no increased sanctity in their daily tempers and behaviours, immense harm is done to the cause of Christ. True holiness, we surely ought to remember, does not consist merely of inward sensations and impressions. It is much more than tears and sighs and bodily excitement and a quickened pulse and a passionate feeling of attachment to our own favourite preachers and our own religious party and a readiness to quarrel with everyone who does not agree with us. It is something of the 'image of Christ', which can be seen and observed by others in our private life and habits and character and doings (Rom 8:29)."

J. C. Ryle from Holiness

1 comment:

Robin said...

Great words of wisdom!