A young man, the son of a wealthy Christian gentleman, had become wayward and extravagant in his habits. Finally, after quarreling with his father because he refused him the money he demanded, he left home in anger and gave himself to a reckless life. He eventually found himself in financial straits. Being brought to the verge of desperation, he determined to break into his father's house in the absence of the family, thinking that he could find means to relieve his necessity. Upon entering the house and breaking into the safe, he found and read his father's will. To his utter astonishment, he found his name among the heirs and a large bequest beside it. At first he could hardly believe his eyes. The father - with whom he had quarreled against - love him still!
"Can it be that in spite of all the dishonor I have brought upon him, he is still ready to treat me as a son?" Evidence of such love was the means of binging him to repentance and reconciliation with his father.
God longs to embrace you, to cleanse you, to assure you of full and free forgiveness of all your sins, and to tell you of the inheritance which is waiting for you in Heaven. "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8)
The carrying out of the whole of God's plan of salvation filled the heart of Christ. Should it not be our great desire that God's will may be ours, His service our pleasure, His Word our law, and His honor and glory our aim?"
I feel it is far better to begin with God, to see His face first, to get my soul near Him before it is near another. In general it is best to have at least one hour alone with God before engaging in anything else" ~ E. M. Bounds
"Doctrine is useless if it is not accompanied by a holy life. It is worse than useless; it does positive harm. Something of the 'image of Christ' must be seen and observed by others in our private life, and habits, and character, and doings." ~ J. C. Ryle
"Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity." ~ Charles Spurgeon
"The true secret in giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not and never persist in trying to set people right." ~ Hannah Whitall Smith
"It is vain for us to pray while conscious that we have injured another. Let us first make amends to the injured one before we dare approach God at either the private or the public altar." ~ Jonathan Goforth
"Nowhere can we get to know the holiness of God, and come under His influence and power, except in the inner chamber. It has been well said: 'No man can expect to make progress in holiness who is not often and long alone with God.'" ~ Andrew Murray
"What we count the ills of life are often blessings in disguise, resulting in good to us in the end. Though for the present not joyous but grievous, yet if received in a right spirit, they work out fruits of righteousness for us at last." ~ Matthew Henry
"He that gives good advice, builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example, builds with both, but he that gives good admonition and bad example, builds with one hand and pulls down with the other." ~ Francis Bacon