MACLAREN, Alexander Quotes
(1826-1910), Scottish divine
Ability involves responsibility; power, to its last particle, is duty.
Anxious care rests on a basis of heathen worldly-mindedness, and of heathen misunderstanding of the character of God.
The man who has not learned to say "No" will be a weak if not a wretched man as long as he lives.
To pursue joy is to lose it. The only way to get it is to follow steadily the path of duty, without thinking of joy, and then, like sheep, it comes most surely unsought, and we "being in the way," the angel of God, bright-haired joy, is sure to meet us.
The prayer that begins with trustfulness, and passes on into waiting, will always end in thankfulness, triumph, and praise.
Here is the manliness of manhood that a man has a good reason for what he does, and has a will in doing it.
That which of all things unfits man for the reception of Christ as a Saviour, is not gross profligacy and outward, vehement transgression, but it is self-complacency, fatal self-righteousness and self-sufficiency.
Every sin is a mistake, as well as a wrong; and the epitaph for the sinner is, "Thou fool!"
Unbelief is criminal because it is a moral act, an act of the whole nature.—Belief or unbelief is a test of a man's whole spiritual condition, because it is the whole being, affections, will, conscience, as well as the understanding, which are concerned in it.
"I will" is no word for man.—There is a far diviner one, "I ought."—Bow passion to reason, reason to conscience, and conscience to God, and then be as resolute and determined as you choose.