“The Power of Love!”

“Holy and humble Christian love, is a principle of wonderful power to give ineffable quietness and tranquility to the soul. It banishes all disturbance, and sweetly composes and brings rest to the spirit, and makes all divinely calm and sweet and happy.” By Jonathan Edwards, “Charity and its Fruit,” www.gracegems.org

“Afflictions Needful”

“Sicknesses, losses, crosses, anxieties and disappointments seem absolutely needful to keep us humble, watchful and spiritual-minded. They are as needful as the pruning knife to the vine and the refiner’s furnace to the gold.” By J. C. Ryle, www.gracegems.org/30/short_pithy_gems_from_jc_ryle.

“Blessed Are the Meek”

“Meekness is a grace whereby we are enabled by the Spirit of God, to moderate our angry passions. Meekness has a divine beauty and sweetness in it. This meekness consists in three things: the bearing of injuries, the forgiving of injuries and the recompensing good for evil.” By Thomas Watson, “The Beatitudes” 1660, www.gracegems.org/quotes

“THE LORD MY PORTION!”

“‘The Lord is my portion, says my soul; therefore I will hope in Him.’ (Lam. 3:24) And what a Portion, O my soul, is Christ! A divine Christ, a redeeming Christ, a full Christ, a sympathizing, ever-present, ever-precious, ever-loving Christ.” By Octavius Winslow, “Daily Need Divinely Supplied,”1870, www.gracegem.org <pilgrim@gracegems.org>.