Book Quote (12/26/12)

Chapter Four of Jerry Bridges’s The Pursuit of Holiness is entitled “The Holiness of Christ”, and it contains some very challenging words. Here are two quotes that stood out.

A second reason we need to consider the holiness of Christ is because His life is meant to be an example of holiness for us….Clearly then, the sinless holy life of Jesus Christ is meant to be an example for us. Consider then His statement, “I always do what pleases Him.” Do we dare take that as our personal goal in life? Are we truly willing to scrutinize all our activities, all our goals and plans, and all of our impulsive actions in the light of this statement: “I am doing this to please God”? (p.46, 1996 edition)

This is the example we are to follow. In all of our thoughts, all of our actions, in every part of our character, the ruling principle that motivates and guides us should be the desire to follow Christ in doing the will of the Father. This is the high road we must follow in the pursuit of holiness. (p.47, 1996 edition)

I don’t know how regular this feature will be, but I thought I’d share some quotes from the books I’m reading. I present these with the understanding that I do not necessarily endorse all of an author’s positions in this particular book or in his/her writing in general. These are quotes which I found interesting, provocative, well-written, or worthy of sharing in some other way.


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