TEACH me, my God and King,
In all things Thee to see,
And what I do in anything,
To do it as for Thee.
LOVE to God makes a man have desires of the honour of God, and a desire to please Him; so does a natural man’s love to his friend make him desire his honour, and desire to please him. Love to God causes a man to delight in the thought of God, and to delight in the presence of God, and to desire conformity to God and the enjoyment of God; and so it is with a man’s love to his friend.
HE honours God who imitates Him. For what we virtuously imitate we approve and admire; and since we delight not to imitate Inferiors, we aggrandize and magnify those we imitate; since also we are most apt to imitate those we love, we testify our affection in our imitation of the Inimitable.
Sir Thomas Browne
MY God, my God, let me for once look on Thee
As though nought else existed, we alone!
And as creation crumbles, my soul’s spark
Expands till I can say,—Even from myself
I need Thee and I feel Thee and I love Thee.
RELIGION is not a method, it is a life, a higher and supernatural life, mystical in its root, and practical in its fruits; a communion with God, a calm and deep enthusiasm, a love which radiates, a force which acts, a happiness which overflows.
Henri F. Amiel
IT is evident that religion consists so much in affection, as that without holy affection there is no true religion. And no light in the understanding is good which does not produce holy affection in the heart.
IT is not the Church we want, but the sacrifice; not the emotion of admiration, but the act of adoration; not the gift, but the giving.
GOD! Thou art love! I build my faith on that,
Even as I watch beside Thy tortured child
Unconscious whose hot tears fall fast by him,
So doth Thy right hand guide us through the world
Wherein we stumble.
HE whom God sent into the world, to be the Light of the world, and Head of the whole Church, and the perfect example of true religion and virtue, for the imitation of all—the Shepherd whom the whole flock shall follow wherever He goes—even the Lord Jesus Christ, was a person Who was remarkably of a tender and affectionate heart; and His virtue was expressed very much in the exercise of holy affections.
DID man hold fast this essential truth, they could never feign for God a character they would repudiate for themselves; or suppose a heavenly economy unlike every type of beauty and rectitude revered in their human world; or feel it allowable, in rising to the supernatural, to emerge into the unnatural, and confound the monstrous with the Divine.
OUR God is a household God, as well as a heavenly one. He has an altar in every man’s dwelling; let men look to it when they rend it lightly, and pour out its ashes.
THRICE blest whose lives are faithful prayers,
Whose loves in higher love endure;
What souls possess themselves so pure,
Or is their blessedness like theirs?
THAT religion which God requires, and will accept, does not consist in weak, dull, and lifeless wouldings, raising us but a little above a state of indifference. God, in His word, greatly insists upon it, that we be in good earnest, fervent in spirit, and our hearts vigorously engaged in religion.
RELIGION is neither a theology nor a theosophy; it is more than that, it is a discipline, a law, a yoke, an indissoluble engagement.
TO me religion is life before God and in God.
Henri F. Amiel