Sermon Quotes | "A Word to Young Men"

“Man may talk of self-control, as if the reins were in his own hand. But he who has been ‘born of the Spirit,’ and taught ‘to know the plague of his own heart,’ is made to feel, that effective self-control is divine grace, not his own native power…Have not repeated defeats taught us the need of calling in better strength than our own?” Charles Bridges

“Spiritual leaders ruthlessly track down bad habits and break them by the power of the Holy Spirit.” John Piper

“A figure of tragi-comedy, with his sheer animal laziness (he is more than anchored to his bed: he is hinged to it, 26:14), his preposterous excuses (‘there is a lion outside!’ 26:13; 22:13) and his final helplessness.” Derek Kidner

“1) He will not begin things. When we ask him (6:9-10) ‘How long?’ ‘When?’, we are being too definite for him. He doesn’t know. All he knows is his delicious drowsiness; all he asks is a little respite: ‘a little….a little….a little…’ He does not commit himself to a refusal, but deceives himself by the smallness of his surrenders. So, by inches and minutes, his opportunity slips away. 2) He will not finish things. The rare effort of beginning has been too much; the impulse dies. 3) He will not face things. He comes to believe his own excuses (perhaps there is a lion out there, 22:13), and to rationalize his laziness; for he is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render reason (26:16). Because he makes a habit of the soft choice his character suffers as much as his business. 4) Consequently he is restless with unsatisfied desire; helpless in the face of the tangle of his affairs; and useless to any who must employ him.” Derek Kidner

“Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.” Proverbs 16:32

“Another ‘better than’ proverb uses synonymous parallelism to make its point-mature patience over military prowess; self-control over self-expression.” John Kitchen

“The proverb entails a battle of inner self: it considers self-control the highest kind of human power (25:28)…Who is strong? He who controls his passions. The taking of a city is child’s play compared with this wrestling with flesh and blood. That is only the battle of a day, This, the weary, unceasing conflict of life.” Bruce Waltke

“Whoever walks with the wise become wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” Proverbs 13:20

"Two are better than one…For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10