Richard Sibbes

Some Drops of Sweetness

Some Drops of Sweetness 2

 

There is more mercy in Christ than sin in us.-Richard Sibbes

 

God is goodness itself, in whom all goodness is involved. If therefore we love other things for the goodness which we see in them, why do we not love God, in whom is all goodness? All other things are but sparks of that fire, and drops of that sea. If you see any good in the creature, remember there is much more in the Creator. Leave therefore the streams, and go to the fountainhead of comfort.-Richard Sibbes

 

Satan gives Adam an apple, and takes away Paradise. Therefore in all temptations let us consider not what he offers, but what we shall lose.-Richard Sibbes

 

Times are bad, God is good.-Richard Sibbes

 

When we go to God by prayer, the devil knows we go to fetch strength against him, and therefore he opposes us all he can.-Richard Sibbes

 

The whole life of a Christian should be nothing but praises and thanks to God; we should neither eat nor sleep, but eat to God and sleep to God and work to God and talk to God, do all to His glory and praise.-Richard Sibbes

 

Measure not God’s love and favour by your own feeling. The sun shines as clearly in the darkest day as it does in the brightest. The difference is not in the sun, but in some clouds which hinder the manifestation of the light thereof.-Richard Sibbes

 

What coward would not fight when he is sure of victory?-Richard Sibbes

 

The love of a wife to her husband may begin from the supply of her necessities, but afterwards she may love him also for the sweetness of his person; so the soul first loves Christ for salvation but when she is brought to Him and finds what sweetness there is in Him then she loves Him for Himself.-Richard Sibbes

 

It would be a good contest amongst Christians, one to labor to give no offense, & the other labor to take none. The best of men are severe to themselves, tender over others.-Richard Sibbes

 

Whatsoever is good for God’s children they shall have it, for all is theirs to further them to heaven; therefore, if poverty be good, they shall have it; if disgrace be good, they shall have it; if crosses be good, they shall have them; if misery be good, they shall have it; for all is ours, to serve for our greatest good.-Richard Sibbes

 

The life of a Christian is wondrously ruled in this world, by the consideration and meditation of the life of another world.-Richard Sibbes

 

It is better to go bruised to heaven than sound to hell.-Richard Sibbes

 

Those that look to be happy must first look to be holy.-Richard Sibbes

 

God takes a safe course with His children, that they may not be condemned with the world, He permits the world to condemn them, that they may not love the world, the world hates them.-Richard Sibbes

 

Whatsoever God takes away from His children, He either replaces it with a much greater favor or else gives strength to bear it.-Richard Sibbes

 

God knows we have nothing of ourselves, therefore in the covenant of grace he requires no more than he gives, but gives what he requires, and accepts what he gives.-Richard Sibbes

 

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

 

This is a life of faith, for God will try the truth of our faith, so that the world may see that God has such servants as will depend upon His bare word.-Richard Sibbes

 

Christ chiefly manifests Himself in times of affliction, because then the soul unites itself most closely by faith to Christ. The soul, in time of prosperity, scatters its affections, and looses itself in the creature; but there is a uniting power in sanctified afflictions, by which a believer, (as in rain a hen collects her brood) gathers his best affections unto his Father and his God.-Richard Sibbes

 

Self-emptiness prepares us for spiritual fullness.-Richard Sibbes

 

What is the gospel itself but a merciful moderation, in which Christ’s obedience is esteemed ours, and our sins laid upon him, wherein God, from being a judge, becomes our Father, pardoning our sins and accepting our obedience, though feeble and blemished? We are now brought to heaven under the covenant of grace by a way of love and mercy.-Richard Sibbes

 

When we shoot an arrow, we look to the fall of it; when we send a ship to sea, we look for its return; and when we sow seed, we look for a harvest; so likewise when we sow our prayers, through Christ, in God’s bosom, shall we not look for an answer and observe how we speed? It is a seed of atheism to pray and not to look how we speed. But a sincere Christian will pray and wait, and strengthen his heart with promises out of the Word, and never leave praying and looking up till God gives him a gracious answer.-Richard Sibbes

 

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

 

God can pick sense out of a confused prayer.-Richard Sibbes

 

If Christ has once possessed the affections, there is no dispossessing of him again. A fire in the heart overcomes all fires without.-Richard Sibbes

 

In trouble we are prone to forget all that we have heard and read that makes for our comfort. Now what is the reason that a man comes to think of that which otherwise he should never have called to mind? The Holy Spirit brings it to his remembrance; He is a Comforter, bringing to mind useful things at such times when we have most need of them.-Richard Sibbes

 

See here, for our comfort, a sweet agreement of all three persons: the Father giveth a commission to Christ; the Spirit furnisheth and sanctifieth to it; Christ himself executeth the office of a Mediator. Our redemption is founded upon the joint agreement of all three persons of the Trinity.-Richard Sibbes

 

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

 

There is not a minute of time in all of our life but we must either be near to God or we will be undone.-Richard Sibbes

 

A Christian is the greatest freeman in the world; he is free from the wrath of God, free from hell and damnation, from the curse of the law; but then, though he be free in these respects, yet, in regard of love, he is the greatest servant. Love abaseth him to do all the good that he can; and the more the Spirit of Christ is in us, the more it will abase us to anything wherein we can be serviceable.-Richard Sibbes

 

No sin is so great but the satisfaction of Christ and His mercies are greater; it is beyond comparison. Fathers and mothers in tenderest affections are but beams and trains to lead us upwards to the infinite mercy of God in Christ.-Richard Sibbes