Faith and Hope are Two Turtle-dove Graces

Faith is the oil which feeds the lamp of hope. Faith and hope are two turtle-dove graces; take away one, and the other languishes. If the sinews are cut, the body is lame; if this sinew of faith is cut, hope is lame. “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 28

Affliction: The Test of the Christian

The test of a pilot is seen in a storm; so the test of a Christian is seen in affliction. That man has the right art of navigation who, when the boisterous winds blow from heaven, steers the ship of his soul wisely, and does not dash upon the rock of impatience. “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 124

Believers are Christ’s Garden

Believers are Christ’s garden; their graces are flowers; their savory discourse is the fragrant scent of these flowers. “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 141

Afflictions Quicken our pace to Heaven

Afflictions quicken our pace on the way to heaven. It is with us as with children sent on an errand. If they meet with apples or flowers by the way, they linger and are in no great hurry to get home, but if anything frightens them, then they run with all the speed they can to their father’s house. So in prosperity, we gather the apples and flowers and do not give much thought to heaven, but if troubles begin to arise and the times grow frightful, then we make more haste to heaven and with David ‘run the way of God’s commandments’ (Psa. 119:32). “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 125-126

None Say on Their Deathbed that They have Been Too Holy

Do we think walking with God can do us any hurt? Did we ever hear any cry out on their deathbed that they have been too holy, that they have prayed too much, or walked with God too much? No, that which has cut them to the heart has been this, that they have not walked more closely with God; they have wrung their hand and torn their hair to think that they have been so bewitched with the pleasures of the world. Close walking with God will make our enemy (death) be at peace with us. “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 181

What Mercy is Like

Mercy is not like the sun to the fire, to dull it, but like the oil to the wheel, to make it run faster. “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 133

Knowledge Which is Not Applied will Only Light a Man to Hell

Many in the old world knew there was an ark, but were drowned, because they did not get into it. Knowledge which is not applied will only light a man to hell. It would be better to live a savage than to die an infidel under the gospel. Christ not believed in is terrible. Moses’ rod, when it was in his hand, did a great deal of good. It wrought miracles; but when it was out of his hand, it became a serpent. So Christ, when laid hold on by the hand of faith, is full of comfort, but not laid hold on, will prove a serpent to bite. “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 26

To Be Learned and Ungodly is like an Angel of Light

To be learned and ungodly is like a devil transformed into an angel of light; to be beautiful and ungodly is like a lovely picture hung in an infected room; to be honorable in the world and ungodly is like an ape in purple, or like that image which had a head of gold on feet of clay (Dan. 2:32-33). It is godliness that ennobles and consecrates the heart, making God and angels fall in love with it. “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 191

A Dark Prison for a King’s Palace

Will not anyone be willing to exchange a dark prison for a king’s palace? Will he not exchange his brass for gold? You who become godly change for the better: you change your pride for humility, your uncleanness for holiness. You change a lust that will damn you for a Christ who will save you. If men were not besotted, if their fall had not knocked their brains out, they would see that is it the most rational thing in the world to become godly. “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 201

Zeal in the Worship of the True God

The Jews did not spare any cost in their idolatrous worship. No, they ‘cause their sons and daughters to pass through the fire to Molech’ (Jer. 32:35). They were so zealous in their idol worship that they would sacrifice their sons and daughters to their false gods. How far the purblind heathen went in their false zeal! When the tribunes of Rome complained that they wanted gold in their treasuries to offer to Apollo, the Roman matrons plucked off their chains of gold and rings and bracelets and gave them to the priests to offer up sacrifice. Were these so zealous in their sinful worship, and will you not be zealous in the worship of the true God? “The Godly Man’s Picture” pgs. 117-118