The Great Gain of Godliness

The Great Gain GodlinessAmong C.H. Spurgeon’s 12,000 Puritan books, one prize was said to be missing: Thomas Watsons Notes on Malachi 3:16-18 in The Great Gain of Godliness. Wrote Spurgeon, “This would be a great find, for Watson is one of the clearest and liveliest of Puritan authors.” The book that Spurgeon longed for, reset and lightly edited, offers rich spirituality, nourishing doctrine, practical wisdom.

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The Snow Covers Many a Dunghill

The snow covers many a dunghill. A snowy white profession covers many a foul heart! The sins of professors are more odious. Thistles are bad in a field—but worse in a garden. The sins of the wicked anger God—but the sins of professing Christians grieve him. ~  The Great Gain of Godliness

Dwell Upon the Love of Christ

“O saints, do but let your thoughts dwell upon the love of Christ, who passed by angels and thought of you, who was wounded that, out of his wounds, the balm of Gilead might come to heal you; who leaped into the sea of his Father’s wrath, to save you from drowning.”  The Great Gain of Godliness

A Christian’s Divine Discourse

“A Christian by divine discourse may enlighten another when he is ignorant, warm him when he is frozen, comfort him when he is sad, confirm him when he is wavering.”  The Great Gain of Godliness

A Secure Sinner

“A secure sinner provides for his body, but neglects his soul; like one that waters his flowers, but never minds his jewels.” ~  The Great Gain of Godliness

It is not Enough to have Transient Thoughts of God

“It is not enough to have a few transient thoughts of God by the by, but there must be a fixing of our minds on God, till our hearts are warmed in love to him, and we can say, like those in Like 24:32, ‘Did not our heart burn within us?'” The Great Gain of Godliness, pg.83

Tremble at Sinful Thoughts

“Tremble at sinful thoughts. We startle at gross sin, but we are not troubled so much for sinful thoughts. Know firstly, that sin may be committed in the thoughts, though it never blossom into outward act: ‘The thought of foolishness is sin. (Prov. 24:9)'” The Great Gain of Godliness, pg. 81