Turtle-Dove Graces

In the fourth chapter of The Godly Man’s Picture, Puritan Thomas Watson is writing about and discussing twenty-four marks that characterize a godly man. The first mark was knowledge.

In sections two and three, Thomas writes that a godly man is marked by faith and love.

Here are several quotes from yesterday’s reading that stood out to me.

“As gold is the most precious among the metals, so is faith among the graces.”

“Faith and hope are two turtle-dove graces; take one away, and the other languishes.”

“A godly man lives in Christ, as the beam lives in the sun.”

“Alas, how far from being godly are those who are destitute of faith! Such are altogether drowned in sense.”

“Faith and love are the two poles on which all religion turns.”

“The pious soul loves God and therefore thirsts for him. The more he has of God, the more he desires.”

 “Let us test our godliness by this touch-stone: Do we love God?”

 As I writing this post, I am reminded of two verses that I believe are very applicable here:

“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

” ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40)

Is your life characterized by the cooing of the turtle-dove graces of faith and love?

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The Godly Man’s Picture can be purchased at Monergism Books and WTS Books.

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