Short pithy gems from the Puritan Richard Sibbes!

(1577 1635)

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The depths of our misery can never fall below the depths of God's mercy.

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What the heart loves best the mind studies most.

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It is better to go afflicted to Heaven than merry to Hell.

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The winter prepares the earth for the spring; so do sanctified afflictions prepare the soul for glory!

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Poverty and affliction take away the fuel that feeds pride.

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When we grow careless of keeping our souls then God recovers our taste of holy things again by sharp crosses.

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Whatever God takes away from His children He either replaces it with a much greater favor, or else gives strength to bear it.

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Grace alters the spiritual taste. In the godly, holy truths are conveyed by way of a taste; gracious men have a spiritual palate as well as a spiritual eye.

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It is evident that our conversion is sound when we loathe and hate sin from the heart.

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It is Christ's manner to first trouble our souls by a sight of our sin and then to come with healing in His wings.

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When a man is to travel into a far country, one staff in his hand may comfortably support him but a bundle of staffs would be troublesome. In the same way, a few of these outward things may help us in the way to Heaven whereas abundance may be hurtful.

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Sin is not so sweet in the committing of it as it is bitter in the reckoning of it.

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There is more mercy in Christ than sin in us.

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Whatever is good for God's children they shall have it; for all is theirs to further them to Heaven.
Therefore, if poverty is good for them they shall have it.
If disgrace is good for them they shall have it.
If crosses are good for them they shall have them.
If misery is good for them they shall have it.
For all is ours, to serve for our greatest good.
"We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose!" Romans 8:28

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Satan gives Adam an apple and takes away Paradise! Therefore in all temptations let us consider not what the devil offers but what we shall lose.

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Those who desire to be happy must first be holy!

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Do not measure God's love and favor by your own feelings. The sun shines as clearly in the darkest day as it does in the brightest. The difference is not in the sun, but in some clouds which hinder the manifestation of the light thereof.

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The love of a wife to her husband may begin from the supply of her necessities but afterwards she may love him also for the sweetness of his person. In the same way, the soul first loves Christ for salvation but when she is brought to Him and finds what sweetness there is in Him, then she loves Him for Himself.

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Gospel repentance is not a little hanging down of the head. It's a working of the heart until your sin becomes more odious to you than any punishment for it.

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When we go to God by prayer, the devil knows we go to fetch strength against him and therefore he opposes us all he can.

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Christ chiefly manifests Himself in times of affliction, because then the soul clings most closely by faith to Christ. The soul, in time of prosperity, scatters its affections, and looses itself in the creature. But there is a uniting power in sanctified afflictions, by which a believer, (as in rain, a hen collects her brood) gathers his best affections unto his heavenly Father.

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In all their mirthfulness in this world, the wicked are but as a book with a lovely cover which when it is opened, is full of nothing but tragedies. So when the book of their consciences shall be once opened there is nothing to be read but lamentations and woes.

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A Christian is the greatest freeman in the world. He is free from . . .
  the curse of the law,
  the wrath of God,
  Hell and damnation!

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Providence is the perpetuity and continuance of creation.