The Week in Words

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Welcome to The Week In Words, where we share quotes from the last week’s reading. If something you read this past week  inspired you, caused you to laugh, cry, think, dream, or just resonated with you in some way, please share it with us, attributing it to its source, which can be a book, newspaper, blog, Facebook — anything that you read. More information is here.

Here are a few quotes that spoke to me this week:

From Diane‘s Facebook:

“What would you expect? Sin will not come to you, saying, ‘I am sin.’ It would do little harm if it did. Sin always seems ‘good, pleasant, and desirable,’ at the time of arrival.” ~ J.C. Ryle

So very true.

From Chris Anderson‘s Twitter:

The inevitable fruit of any fleshly attempt to engineer unity apart from truth will be worse division than ever. ~ Phil Johnson

Unity just for unity’s sake usually involves a compromise of truth. There are multitudes of personal preferences it’s ok to compromise on, but we dare not compromise truth.

From the chapter “Not One Thing Has Failed” in Elisabeth’s Elliot‘s book Love Has a Price Tag, quoted in her e-mail devotional:

“I visited Indians at Crossweeksung,” [David] Brainerd records, “Apprehending that it was my indispensable duty…. I cannot say I had any hopes of success. I do not know that my hopes respecting the conversion of the Indians were ever reduced to so low an ebb … yet this was the very season that God saw fittest to begin His glorious work in! And thus He ordained strength out of weakness … whence I learn that it is good to follow the path of duty, though in the midst of darkness and discouragement.”

You can share your family-friendly quotes in the comments below or write a post on your blog and then put the link to that post (not your general blog link) in Mr. Linky below.

I hope you’ll visit the other participants as well and glean some great thoughts to ponder. And I hope you’ll leave a comment here, even if you don’t have any quotes to share.

5 thoughts on “The Week in Words

  1. I really appreciate your quote by Phil Johnson. Unfortunately a lot of churches are missing this point-that we should never compromise on the truth. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Sin never announces “I am sin”. So true. Instead, we are led away by our own desires, which paint sin in delightful colors, making it irresistible (so we think.) Which is why it’s so important (Rebekah!) to be continually renewing your mind in truth–so that you can recognize and resist the mirage when it shimmers before your eyes.

  3. The sin quote touches me too. If it showed up in its true colors, who would be duped? But it knows it has to disguise itself to be attractive. Oh, for more piercing eyes to see through the masquerade.

  4. “Sin always seems ‘good, pleasant, and desirable”

    I once had a pastor’s wife tell a group of teenage girls that the devil was a good looking boy with a new car.

  5. That first quote is RIGHT ON…and a really good reminder. I think even when I go looking for sin in my life…really examining my heart…I have a hard time considering those pet sins…those things that are shouting, “good, pleasant and desirable” but aren’t from God and are in fact from the Devil himself.

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