Idiots Prefer Husks before Manna

How is a fool tested but by showing him an apple and a piece of gold? If he chooses the apple before the gold, he is judged to be a fool and his estate is beggared. How many such idiots there are who prefer husks before manna, the gaudy, empty things of this life before the Prince of Glory! Will not Satan beggar them at last for fools? “The Godly Man’s Picture” pgs. 54-55

Some Give Birth with More Pangs, and Some with Fewer

It is hard to prescribe a just measure of humiliation. It is the same in the new birth as in the natural. Some give birth with more pangs, and some with fewer. But would you like to know when you are bruised enough? When your spirit is so troubled that you are willing to let go those lusts which brought in the greatest income of pleasure and delight. When not only is sin discarded but you are disgusted with it, then you have been bruised enough. The medicine is strong enough when it has purged out the disease. The soul is bruised enough when the love of sin is purged out. “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 227

Healing for Hypocrisy

Christian, if you mourn for hypocrisy, yet find this sin so potent that you cannot get the mastery of it, go to Christ. Beg of him that He would exercise His kingly office in your soul, that He would subdue this sin, and put it under the yoke. Beg of Christ to exercise His spiritual surgery upon you. Desire Him to lance your heart and cut out the rotten flesh, and that He would apply the medicine of His blood to heal you of your hypocrisy. “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 19

The Law, a Gold Chain

It is fitting that the child should obey the parent in all just and sober commands. God’s laws are like the curtains of the tabernacle which were looped together. They are like a chain of gold where all the links are coupled. A conscientious man will not willingly break one link of this chain. If one command is violated, the whole chain is broken: ‘whosoever shall keep the whole law, yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all’ (Jas. 2:10). “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 167

A Gracious Soul Searches Whether there is Any Duty Omitted

A gracious soul searches whether there is any duty omitted, any sin cherished. He examines his evidences for heaven. As he will not take his gold on trust, so neither will he take his grace. He is a spiritual merchant; he casts up the estate of his soul to see what he is worth. He ‘sets his house in order’. Frequent reckonings keep God and conscience friends. A carnal person cannot abide this heart-work; he is ignorant how the affairs go in his soul. He is like a man who is well acquainted with foreign parts but a stranger in his own country. “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 168

An Impatient Man is Like a Troubled Sea

An impatient man is like a troubled sea that cannot rest (Isa. 57:20). He tortures himself upon the rack of his own griefs and passions, whereas patience calms the heart, as Christ did the sea, when it was rough. “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 123

Making Melody in Your Heart

When the strings of the lute are snarled up, the lute is not fit to make music. So when a Christian’s spirit is perplexed and disturbed, he cannot make melody in his heart to the Lord. “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 120

Sinners Desire Christ Only for Shelter

Sinners desire Christ only for shelter. The Hebrews never chose their judges except when they were in some imminent danger. Godless persons never look for Christ except at death, when they are in danger of hell. “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 53

Praise is a Setting Forth of God’s Honor

Praise Him…. Whoso offereth praise glorifies me (Psa 50:23) Though nothing can add the least mite to God’s essential glory, yet praise exalts Him in the eyes of others. Praise is a setting forth of God’s honor, a lifting up of His name, a proclaiming of His excellent goodness, a release of the sweet perfume of God’s name which is sent abroad into the world. “The Godly Man’s Picture

A Humble Soul Thinks Better of Others than of Himself

A humble soul thinks better of others than of himself: `let each esteem other better than themselves’ (Phil. 2:3). A humble man values others at a higher rate than himself, and the reason is because he can see his own heart better than he can another’s. He sees his own corruption and thinks surely it is not so with others; their graces are not so weak as his; their corruptions are not so strong. `Surely’, he thinks, `they have better hearts than I.’ A humble Christian studies his own infirmities and another’s excellences and that makes him put a higher value upon others than himself. `Surely I am more brutish than any man’ (Prov. 30:2). And Paul, though he was the chief of the apostles, still calls himself `less than the least of all saints’ (Eph. 3:8). “The Godly Man’s Picture