It is a Kind of Hell to be in the Company of the Wicked

It is a kind of hell to be in the company of the wicked, where we cannot choose but hear God’s name dishonored. It was a capital crime to carry the image of Tiberius, engraved on a ring or coin, into any sordid place. Those who have the image of God engraved on them should not go into any sinful, sordid company. I have only ever read of two living people who desired to keep company with the dead, and they were both possessed of the devil (Matt. 8:28). “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 141

The Pardoned Soul is Out of the Gunshot of Hell

When a creditor forgives a debtor, he does it freely. Pardon of sin is a fine thread, spun out of the heart of free grace. . .‘He will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea’ (Mic. 7:19). Sin shall not be cast in like a cork which rises up again, but like lead which sinks to the bottom. . . The pardoned soul is out of the gunshot of hell (Rom. 8:33). “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 11

An Idle Person is the Devil’s Tennis Ball

An idle person is the devil’s tennis ball, which he bandies up and down with temptation till at last the ball goes out of play. “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 169

The Schemes of the Devil to Hinder Us

The devil, if he cannot hinder us from duty, will hinder us in duty. When we come before the Lord, he is at our right hand to resist us (Zech. 3:1). Like when a man is going to write, and another stands at his elbow and jogs him, so that he cannot write evenly. Satan will set vain objects before the fancy to cause a diversion. The devil does not oppose formality but fervency. If he sees that we are setting ourselves in good earnest to seek God, he will be whispering things in our ears, so that we can scarcely attend to what we are doing. “The Godly Man’s Picture”  pgs. 162-163

Children are Young Plants

Children are young plants which must be watered with good education, so that they may, with Obadiah, fear the Lord ‘from their youth up’ (I Kings 18:12). Plato said, ‘In vain does he expect a harvest who has been negligent in sowing.’ Nor can a parent expect to reap any good from a child, where he has not sown the seed of wholesome instruction. And though, notwithstanding all counsel and admonition, the child should die in sin, yet is it a comfort to a godly parent to think that before his child died, he gave it a spiritual medicine. “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 156

The Natural Man has No Discernment

An ignorant man looks at a star and it appears to him like a little silver spot, but the astronomer, who has his instrument to judge the dimension of a star, knows it to be many degrees bigger than the earth. So a natural man hears of the heavenly country that it is very glorious, but it is at a great distance. And because he has not a spirit of discernment, the world looks bigger in his eye. But such as are spiritual artists, who have the instrument of faith to judge heaven, will say it is by far the better country and they will hasten there with the sails of desire. “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 112

The Godly Man’s Anchor

Faith is a cure-all – a remedy against all troubles. It is a godly man’s sheet anchor that he casts out into the sea of God’s mercy, and is kept from sinking in despair. “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 29

Serving Men or Serving God

When we are advocates in a bad cause, pleading for any impious, unjustifiable act; when we baptize sin with the name of religion, and with our oratory wash the devil’s face, this is to be the servants of men. In these cases, a godly person will not so unman himself as to serve men. He says, like Paul, ‘If I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ’ (Gal. 1:10); and like Peter, ‘We ought to obey God rather than men’ (Acts 5:29). “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 43

A Godly Man is Both a Diamond and a Magnet

[The godly man] is not content to go to heaven alone but wants to take others there. Spiders work only for themselves, but bees work for others. A godly man is both a diamond and a magnet – a diamond for the sparkling luster of grace and a magnet for his attractiveness. He is always drawing others to embrace piety. “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 183-184

Hypocrites are like the Swan

How many are painted only with the vermilion of a profession, whose seeming luster dazzles the eyes of the beholders, but within there is nothing but petrification! Hypocrites are like the swan, which has white feathers, but black skin; or like the lily, which has a fair color, but a bad scent. ‘Thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead’ (Rev. 3:1). “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 15