Richard Sibbes

Christ will rule in the midst of his enemies (Psalm 110:2), even in the midst of our hearts – Richard Sibbes

Grace conquers us first, and we, by it, conquer all else – Richard Sibbes

It cannot but touch His heart when the misery of those so dear to Him is spread before Him – Richard Sibbes

Grace is strengthened by the exercise of it: ‘Arise therefore, and be doing, and the LORD be with thee’ – Richard Sibbes

God has put an eternal difference between light and darkness, good and ill, which no creature’s conceit can alter – Richard Sibbes

Where Christ is, all happiness must follow. If Christ goes, all will go – Richard Sibbes

Lord Jesus, cherish thy grace in me; leave me not to myself; the glory shall be thine – Richard Sibbes

Let us strive a little while, and we shall be happy for ever – Richard Sibbes

The whole conduct of a Christian is nothing else but knowledge reduced to will, affection and practice – Richard Sibbes

Truth is truth, and error, error, and that which is unlawful is unlawful, whether men think so or not – Richard Sibbes

True peace is in conquering, not in yielding – Richard Sibbes

The least love we have to Him is but a reflection of His love first shining upon us – Richard Sibbes

He cannot find in His heart to hide Himself long from us – Richard Sibbes

Cast yourself into the arms of Christ, and if you perish, perish there. If mercy is to be found anywhere, it is there – Richard Sibbes

Though sin cleaves to what we do, yet let us do it, since we have to deal with so good a Lord – Richard Sibbes

We must know for our comfort that Christ was not anointed to the great work of Mediator for lesser sins only, but for the greatest – Richard Sibbes

Let us not be cruel to ourselves when Christ is thus gracious – Richard Sibbes

God accepts our prayers, though weak, because we are his own children, and they come from his own Spirit – Richard Sibbes

If the sweetness of all flowers were in one, how sweet must that flower be? In Christ all perfections of mercy and love meet – Richard Sibbes

We should not avoid good actions because of the infirmities attending them – Richard Sibbes

It is better that corruption should offend us now than, by giving way to it to gain a little peace, to lose comfort afterwards – Richard Sibbes

None are so aware of corruption as those whose souls are most alive – Richard Sibbes

The more sin is seen, the more it is hated, and therefore it is less – Richard Sibbes

Ill thoughts are as little thieves, which, creeping in at the window, open the door to greater – Richard Sibbes

God knows we have nothing of ourselves, therefore in the covenant of grace he requires no more than he gives – Richard Sibbes

We must not judge of ourselves always according to present feeling – Richard Sibbes

Nothing is so certain as that which is certain after doubts – Richard Sibbes

That age of the church which was most fertile in subtle questions was most barren in religion – Richard Sibbes

Grace does not do away with corruption all at once, but some is left for believers to fight with – Richard Sibbes

Let us not be discouraged at the small beginnings of grace, but look on ourselves as elected to be ‘holy and without blame’ – Richard Sibbes

Nothing so little as grace at first, and nothing more glorious afterward – Richard Sibbes

Most men are not lost enough in their own feeling for a Saviour. A holy despair in ourselves is the ground of true hope – Richard Sibbes

As a mother is tenderest to the most diseased and weakest child, so does Christ most mercifully incline to the weakest – Richard Sibbes

Never fear to go to God, since we have such a Mediator with him, who is not only our friend but our brother and husband – Richard Sibbes

It is no easy matter to bring a man from nature to grace, and from grace to glory, so unyielding and intractable are our hearts – Richard Sibbes

There must be a conformity to our head, Christ, who ‘was bruised for us’ that we may know how much we are bound unto him – Richard Sibbes

Reeds need bruising, by reason of the remainder of pride in our nature, and to let us see that we live by mercy – Richard Sibbes

This is often the cause of relapses and apostasy, because men never smarted for sin at the first – Richard Sibbes

After conversion we need bruising so that reeds may know themselves to be reeds, and not oaks – Richard Sibbes

Humility emptieth the heart for God to fill it – Richard Sibbes

It is atheism to pray, and not to wait in hope – Richard Sibbes

When we grow careless of keeping our souls, then God recovers our taste of good things again by sharp crosses – Richard Sibbes

A holy despair in ourselves is the ground of true hope – Richard Sibbes

God hath but two heavens to dwell in; the heaven of heavens, and the heart of a poor humble man – Richard Sibbes

Confession is verbal humiliation – Richard Sibbes

Poverty and affliction take away the fuel that feeds pride – Richard Sibbes

It is a destructive addition to add anything to Christ – Richard Sibbes

Those that look to be happy must first look to be holy – Richard Sibbes

Satan will object, Thou art a great sinner. We may answer, Christ is a strong Saviour – Richard Sibbes

By prayer we learn to pray – Richard Sibbes

The whole life of a Christian should be nothing but praises and thanks to God – Richard Sibbes

The winter prepares the earth for the spring, so do afflictions sanctified prepare the soul for glory – Richard Sibbes

A heavenly focus makes heaven become present to us, and allows us to find sufficiency in the worst estate upon earth – Richard Sibbes