Thursday, July 19, 2012

Wisdom from Thomas Brooks

Two by the Puritan Thomas Brooks, from his work Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices:

Remember, it is not hasty reading, but serious meditation upon holy and heavenly truths, that make them prove sweet and profitable to the soul. It is not the bee's touching of the flower that gathers honey, but her abiding for a time upon the flower that draws out the sweet. It is not he that reads most, but he that meditates most, that will prove the choicest, sweetest, wisest and strongest Christian. (pg. 21-22)

It was a sweet saying of Jerome, 'Let a man grieve for his sin, and then joy for his grief.' That sorrow for sin that keeps the soul from looking towards the mercy-seat, and that keep Christ and the soul asunder, or that shall render the soul unfit for the communion of saints, is a sinful sorrow. (pgs. 25-26)


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