February 13, 2017

‘Buy peace at the price of any thing which is not better than it.’ Not with the loss of the favour of God, or of our innocency, or true peace of conscience, or with the loss of the Gospel, or ruin of men’s souls; but you must often part with your right for peace, and p...

February 10, 2017

‘Engage not yourselves too forwardly or eagerly in disputes, nor at any time without necessity: and when necessity calleth you, set an extraordinary watch upon your passions.’ Though disputing is lawful, and sometimes necessary to defend the truth, yet it is seldom the...

February 9, 2017

‘Avoid all revengeful and provoking words.’ When the poison of asps is under men’s lips, no wonder if the hearers’ minds that are not sufficiently antidoted against it, fester. Death and life are in the power of the tongue.

Richard Baxter, William Orme, The Practical...

February 8, 2017

‘Compose your minds to Christian gentleness and meekness, and suffer not passion to make you either turbulent and unquiet to others, or impatient and troublesome to yourselves.’ A gentle and quiet mind hath a gentle, quiet tongue. It can bear as much wrong as another c...

February 7, 2017

‘If you will be peaceable, love your neighbours as yourselves.’ Love neither imagineth, nor speaketh, nor worketh any hurt to others: it covereth infirmities; it hopeth all things; it endureth all things. Selfishness and want of love to others, causeth all the contenti...

February 6, 2017

‘If you would be peaceable, be not covetous lovers of the world, but be contented with your daily bread.’ Hungry dogs have seldom so great plenty of meat, as to content them all, and keep them from falling out about it. If you overlove the world, you will never want oc...

February 5, 2017

‘Get your own hearts into a humble frame; and abhor all the motions of pride and self-exalting.’ A humble man hath no high expectations from another; and therefore is easily pleased or quieted. He can bow and yield to the pride and violence of others, as the willow to...

February 4, 2017

‘When you cannot speak, or where your speaking prevaileth not, mourn for them; and earnestly pray for their recovery.’

Richard Baxter, William Orme, The Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter, vol. 6 (London: James Duncan, 1830), 261.

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January 23, 2017

‘Do all as with Divine authority; and therefore have ready some plain texts of Scripture for the duty, and against the sin you speak of.’ Shew them where God himself hath said it.

Richard Baxter, William Orme, The Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter, vol. 6 (Lo...

January 22, 2017

‘Stop not (with unregenerate men) in the mention of particular sins or duties; but make use of particulars to convince them of a state of sin and misery.’ It is easy to convince a man that he is a sinner; and when that is done, he is never the more humbled or converted...

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