Sunday, January 27, 2008

Comfort -

May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant. -- Ps. 119:76

'Tis the only comfort of the miserable to have partners in their woes. --Cervantes *Don Quixote* (1605)

Comforts corrode our consciences -- Steve Constable

This is our comfort, God is in heaven...His and only His counsel shall stand.-- Oliver Cromwell, letter 21 December 1646

1. Q. What is your only comfort in life and death?
A. That I am not my own, but belong with body and soul, both in life and in death, to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with His precious blood, and has set me free from all the power of the devil. He also preserves me in such a way that without the will of my heavenly Father not a hair can fall from my head; indeed, all things must work together for my salvation. Therefore, by His Holy Spirit He also assures me of eternal life and makes me heartily willing and ready from now on to live for Him.
2. Q. What do you need to know in order to live and die in the joy of this comfort?
A. First, how great my sins and misery are; second, how I am delivered from all my sins and misery; third, how I am to be thankful to God for such deliverance.- The Heidelberg Catechism , January 19, 1563.

It is solace to haue companie in peyne. --R. Rolle *Meditations on Passion* (1349)

Our forefathers did without sugar until the 13th century,
without coal fires until the 14th,
without buttered bread until the 16th,
without tea or soup until the 17th,
without gas, matches or electricity until the 20th.
Now what was it you were complaining about?
Richard Stephes

It is a consolation to the wretched to have companions in misery. --Publius Syrus (C. 42 BC) Maxim 995

Society in shipwreck is a comfort to all. --Publius Syrus (C. 42 BC) Maxim144

That which cannot quiet the heart in a storm, cannot entitle a man to blessedness; earthly things accumulated, cannot rock the troubled heart quiet, therefore cannot make one blessed. When Saul was sore distressed, could all the jewels of his crown comfort him? 'They shall cast their silver in the streets...their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord.' (Ezek. 7:19) --THOMAS WATSON

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