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Thomas Watson – Lovers of God Love His People

3 Jan

9. If we are lovers of God, we love what God loves….

(b) We love a saint, though he has many personal failings. There is no perfection here. In some, rash anger prevails; in some, inconstancy; in some, too much love of the world. A saint in this life is like gold in the ore, much dross of infirmity cleaves to him, yet we love him for the grace that is in him. A saint is like a fair face with a scar: we love the beautiful face of holiness, though there be a scar in it. The best emerald has its blemishes, the brightest stars their twinklings, and the best of the saints have their failings. You that cannot love another because of his infirmities, how would you have God love you?

~Thomas Watson~



The All Things for Good (Edinburgh, Scotland; Banner of Truth Trust; 1986) Chapter 5: The Tests of Love to God; 9. If we are lovers of God, we love what God loves

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Thomas Watson – God’s Call Rides Forth

26 Jul

When God calls a man by His grace, he cannot but come. You may resist the minister’s call, but you cannot the Spirit’s call. The finger of the blessed Spirit can write upon a heart of stone, as once He wrote His laws upon tables of stone. God’s words are creating words; when He said “Let there be light, there was light”; and when He says, “Let there be faith”, it shall be so. When God called Paul, he answered to the call. “I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision” (Acts xxvi. 19). God rides forth conquering in the chariot of His gospel; He makes the blind eyes see, and the stony heart bleed. If God will call a man, nothing shall lie in the way to hinder; difficulties shall be untied, the powers of hell shall disband. “Who hath resisted his will?” (Rom. ix. 19). God bends the iron sinew, and cuts asunder the gates of brass (Psalm cvii. 16). When the Lord touches a man’s heart by His Spirit, all proud imaginations are brought down, and the fort royal of the will yields to God.

~Thomas Watson~



All Things for Good (Edinburgh, Scotland; The Banner of Truth Trust; 1986) p. 108-109.

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Thomas Watson – Love Is Not Squeamish

21 Jul

If we love God, we shall not think any work too mean for us, by which we may be helpful to Christ’s members. Love is not squeamish; it will visit the sick, relieve the poor, wash the saints’ wounds. The mother that loves her child is not coy and nice; she will do those things for her child which others would scorn to do. He who loves God will humble himself to the meanest office of love to Christ and His members.

~Thomas Watson~



All Things for Good (Edinburgh, Scotland; The Banner of Truth Trust; 1986) p. 87.

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Thomas Watson – Let Us Seek His Glory

8 Jul

Thus let us endeavor to make the name of God glorious and renowned. If God seeks our good, let us seek His glory. If He makes all things tend to our edification, let us make all things tend to His exaltation.

~Thomas Watson~



All Things for Good (Edinburgh, Scotland; The Banner of Truth Trust; 1986) p. 65.

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Thomas Watson – Our Need For Other Christians

27 Jun

One Christian conversing with another is a means to confirm him. As the stones in an arch help to strengthen one another, one Christian by imparting his experience, heats and quickens another. “Let us provoke one another to love, and to good works” (Heb. 10:24). How does grace flourish by holy conference! A Christian by good discourse drops that oil upon another, which makes the lamp of his faith burn the brighter.

~Thomas Watson~



All Things for Good (Edinburgh, Scotland; The Banner of Truth Trust; 1986) p. 22.

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Thomas Watson – A Temple to Sing His Praises

24 Jun

Every mercy is an alms of free grace; and this enlarges the soul in gratitude. A good Christian is not a grave to bury God’s mercies, but a temple to sing His praises. If every bird in its kind, as Ambrose says, chirps forth thankfulness to its Maker, much more will an ingenuous Christian, whose life is enriched and perfumed with mercy.

~Thomas Watson~




All Things for Good (Edinburgh, Scotland; The Banner of Truth Trust; 1986) p. 19.

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Thomas Watson – The Mercies of God Should Humble Us

27 May

The mercies of God humble us. ‘Then went King David, and sat before the Lord, and said, Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my father’s house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?’ (2 Sam. 7:18). Lord, why is such honour conferred upon me, that I should be king? That I who followed the sheep, should go in and out before Thy people? So says a gracious heart, ‘Lord, what am I, that it should be better with me than others? That I should drink of the fruit of the vine, when others drink, not only a cup of wormwood, but a cup of blood (or suffering to death). What am I, that I should have those mercies which others want, who are better than I? Lord, why is it, that notwithstanding all my unworthiness, a fresh tide of mercy comes in every day?’ The mercies of God make a sinner proud, but a saint humble.

~Thomas Watson~



All Things for Good (Edinburgh, Scotland; The Banner of Truth Trust; 1986) p. 17-18.

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Thomas Watson – How The Word Preached Works For Good

25 May

The Word preached works for good. It is a savour of life, it is a soul-transforming Word, it assimilates the heart into Christ’s likeness; it produces assurance. ‘Our gospel came to you not in word only, but in power, and in the Holy Spirit, and in much assurance’ (1 Thess. 1:5). It is the chariot of salvation.

~Thomas Watson~



All Things for Good (Edinburgh, Scotland; The Banner of Truth Trust; 1986) p. 19.

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Watson – A Picture of Our Own Hearts

3 May

The sins of others work for good, as they are glasses in which we may see our own hearts. Do we see a flagitious, impious sinner? Behold a picture of our hearts. Such should we be, if God did leave us. What is in other men’s practice is in our nature. Sin in the wicked is like fire on a beacon, that flames and blazes forth; sin in the godly is like fire in the embers. Christian, though you do not break forth into a flame of scandal, yet you have no cause to boast, for there is much sin raked up in the embers of your nature. You have the root of bitterness in you, and would bear as hellish fruit as any, if God did not either curb you by His power, or change you by His grace.

~Thomas Watson~



All Things for Good (Edinburgh, Scotland; The Banner of Truth Trust; 1986) p. 47.

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