Quotation for Renovation

from The Discipline of Grace
by Jerry Bridges
(taken from one of the best chapters of any book I’ve ever read – Chapter 9:  The Discipline of Commitment)

“When we commit ourselves to the pursuit of holiness, we need to ensure that our commitment is actually to God, not simply to a holy lifestyle or a set of moral values. The people of my parents’ generation were generally honesty, chaste, sober, and thrifty. They were committed to those values, but they were not necessarily committed to God. Many of them were outstanding moralists and even church people, but they were not committed to God. They were committed to their values, not to God.”

“We can be committed to a set of Christian values or to a lifestyle of discipleship without being committed to God Himself.”

“Commitment to the pursuit of holiness, then, is first of all a commitment to God to pursue a way of life that is pleasing to Him. In short, it is a commitment to a life of obedience.”

“There is no point in praying for God’s help in the face of temptation if we have not made a commitment to obedience without exception.”

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