50 encouraging Christian quotes

I’ve been collecting quotes over the years, many of which I’ve shared in blog posts or via social media over the years. At different points of my life, God has used these quotes to inspire, correct, and challenge me. I figured I would share 50 of them here so you can benefit from them too. Enjoy!

  1. God never made a promise that was too good to be true. — Dwight L. Moody
  2. The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them. — Thomas Merton
  3. A guilty conscience is a great blessing, but only if it drives us to come home. — John Stott
  4. Do not doubt the holy love of Jesus to your soul when He is laying a heavy hand upon you. — Robert Murray McCheyne
  5. If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies. Yet the distance makes no difference, He is praying for me. — Robert Murray M’Cheyne
  6. If any man thinks ill of you, do not be angry with him; for you are worse than he thinks you to be. — Charles Spurgeon
  7. May we sit at the foot of the cross; and there learn what sin has done, what justice has done, what love has done. — John Newton
  8. I have given God countless reasons not to love me. None of them has been strong enough to change Him. — Paul Washer
  9. Justice Antonin Scalia, to a reporter who seemed incredulous that Scalia would believe in the Devil: “My God! Are you so out of touch with most of America, most of which believes in the Devil? I mean, Jesus Christ believed in the Devil! It’s in the Gospels! You travel in circles that are so, so removed from mainstream America that you are appalled that anybody would believe in the Devil! Most of mankind has believed in the Devil, for all of history. Many more intelligent people than you or me have believed in the Devil.”
  10. Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be. — Thomas à Kempis
  11. It is not the strength of your faith but the object of your faith that actually saves you. — Timothy Keller
  12. Don’t make a false peace. Don’t make excuses. Don’t get sentimental about sin. Don’t play the victim. Don’t live by excuse-righteousness. If you bring the baby tiger into your house and name it Fluffy, don’t be surprised if you wake up one day and Fluffy is eating you alive. That is how sin works, and Fluffy knows her job. Sometimes sin lurks and festers for decades, deceiving the sinner that he really has it all under control, until it unleashes itself on everything you built, cherished, and loved. — Rosaria Butterfield
  13. When it comes to avoiding sin, “[y]ou can’t keep a bird from flying over your head, but you can keep it from building a nest in your hair.” — Martin Luther
  14. Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say ‘My tooth is aching’ than to say “My heart is broken.” — C.S. Lewis
  15. Thou hast made us for Thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in Thee. — Augustine of Hippo
  16. Some day you will know that a father is much happier in his children’s happiness than in his own. I cannot explain it to you: it is a feeling in your body that spreads gladness through you. — Honore de Balzac
  17. It is clear you don’t like my way of doing evangelism. You raise some good points. Frankly, I sometimes do not like my way of doing evangelism. But I like my way of doing it better than your way of not doing it. — Dwight L. Moody
  18. We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be. — C.S. Lewis
  19. Thou art coming to a King, large petitions with thee bring, for His grace and power are such none can ever ask too much. — John Newton
  20. A strong marriage is born the day a husband and wife decide to stop fighting against each other and start fighting for each other. — Dave Willis
  21. God may call any one of us to respond to some far away problem or support those who have been so called. But we are finite and he will not call us everywhere or to support every worthy cause. And real needs are not far from us. — C.S. Lewis
  22. The judgmental heart owns a hundred microscopes and no mirrors. — Gunner Gunderson
  23. You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say. — Martin Luther
  24. Waiting on God requires the willingness to bear uncertainty, to carry within oneself the unanswered question, lifting the heart to God about it whenever it intrudes upon one’s thoughts. — Elisabeth Elliot
  25. At times, I’m afraid to ask God for humility. I don’t know how He’ll answer. If it will come by pain, public humiliation or by some easier unforeseen path. Either way, however it comes, whether in difficulty or ease, it’ll always be better for me than what pride would do to me. — Jackie Hill Perry
  26. The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us. — C.S. Lewis
  27. Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading. — Oswald Chambers
  28. If God were small enough to be understood He would not be big enough to be worshiped. — Evelyn Underhill
  29. One thing we can know for sure is that when we are confessing our sin to God but not to the people around us in ordinary, nitty-gritty life, there is not much real spiritual transformation going on. — Ruth Haley Barton
  30. God’s specialty is raising dead things to life and making impossible things possible. You don’t have a need that exceeds His power. — Beth Moore
  31. Rightness, whenever it seeks to dominate, becomes wrongness, no matter how right it may be. — Mike Mason
  32. Instead of trying to suppress anxiety, manage it, or smother it with pleasure, we can turn our anxiety toward God. When we do that, we’ll discover that we’ve slipped into continuous praying. ― Paul E. Miller
  33. One of the great uses of Twitter and Facebook will be to prove at the Last Day that prayerlessness was not from lack of time. — John Piper
  34. To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you. — C.S. Lewis
  35. To love someone means to see him as God intended him. — Fyodor Dostoevsky
  36. Religion: “I messed up. Dad’s gonna kill me.” Gospel: “I messed up. I need to call Dad.” — Jeremy Rose
  37. Salvation is by works. His. — Matthew Smethurst
  38. Satan always hates Christian fellowship; it is his policy to keep Christians apart. Anything which can divide saints from one another he delights in. Since union is strength, he does his best to promote separation. — Charles Spurgeon
  39. God is always doing 10,000 things in your life, and you may be aware of three of them. — John Piper
  40. There is meaning in every journey that is unknown to the traveler. — Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  41. I began to pray for others. I prayed for everyone who came into my thoughts…I do not know how long I continued my prayer, but this I do know—my fear was gone! Interceding for others had released me! — Corrie Ten Boom, on how she overcame fear
  42. Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time. — Oswald Chambers
  43. The times we find ourselves having to wait on others may be the perfect opportunities to train ourselves to wait on the Lord. — Joni Eareckson Tada
  44. If you’re worried about what others think about you, don’t worry — they’re not. — a longtime friend of mine
  45. Love is the great conqueror of lust. — C.S. Lewis
  46. Heaven is the place where we’ll be fully at home—where everything is as it ought to be and where we find, undiminished, that mysterious something we never fully found in this life. — Randy Alcorn
  47. Sin forsaken is one of the best evidences of sin forgiven. — J.C. Ryle
  48. Some people think God does not like to be troubled with our constant coming and asking. The way to trouble God is not to come at all. — Dwight L. Moody
  49. An idol is anything more important to you than God. Anything that absorbs your heart and imagination more than God. … Anything that is so central and essential to your life, that should lose it, your life would feel hardly worth living. — Timothy Keller
  50. If man had his way, the plan of redemption would be an endless and bloody conflict. In reality, salvation was bought not by Jesus’ fist, but by His nail-pierced hands; not by muscle but by love; not by vengeance but by forgiveness; not by force but by sacrifice. — A.W. Tozer

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