Posts From the Memoirs of Edward Payson

The following series of quotations are from The Memoirs of Edward Payson edited by Asa Cummings

Lord, why is it that thou art never weary of heaping favors on ungrateful perverse, stubborn wretches who render thee only evil for good? Because I am never weary of gratifying my dear Son, and showing the greatness of my love to Him. Till I am weary of him, and cease to love him, I shall never be weary of heaping favors on his friends, however unworthy. p222

The sword of the Spirit will not wound if it has a scabbard on it.

Every Christian ought to love God in proportion to what has been forgiven him. But eveyr Christian knows more evil of himself than he can know of any other being. He ought, therefore to feel as if more had been forgiven him, and as if he were under greater obligations to love God than any other human being; as if it were worse for him to sin against God than it would be for any other. p437

The reason why the men of the world think so little of Christ is, they do not look at Him. THeir backs being turned to the sun, they can see only their own shadows; and are therefore, wholly taken up with themselves. While the true disciple, looking only upward, sees nothing but his Savior, and learns to forget himself. p280

I am more and more convinced that the knowledge of Christ cruscified is the one thing needful, and the grand source of peace, and joy and growth in grace. Count all things loss for the excellency of this knowledge, and pray for it more than for anything else, and you will fint it to be so. p366

I find it requires almost constant rubbing and chafing to make the blood circulate in such frozen souls as ours; and after all it avails nothing if the Son of Righteousness does not shine. p391


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