THE POWER OF CHARACTER
-Spurgeon, "Words to Rest On"
Men will put great trust in the words of one whose life
agrees with his teaching. If they can detect something
inconsistent in his character, the man's power is ended.
But if a man is evidently carried away with the one idea of
being and doing good, and consumed with the purpose of
glorifying God, then his utterances have power.
It is not what he says, but the man who says it,
that makes the impression.
It is the life behind the words, the holy confidence in God
every day exhibited, the calm restful walk with God which
everybody can see in his very face, which, to a thoughtful
man, makes his feeblest accent more powerful than the
most furious declamation of a mere rhetorician.