Jerry Bridges on Holiness

bridgessmall“Our first problem is that our attitude towards sin is more self-centred than God-centred. We are more concerned about our own “Victory” over sin than we are about the fact that our sin grieves the heart of God. We cannot tolerate failure in our struggle with sin chiefly because we are success oriented , not because we know it is offensive to God”

“.. the pursuit of holiness is a joint venture between God and the Christian. No one can attain any degree of holiness without God working in his life, but just as surely no one will attain it without effort on his own part. God has made it possible for us to walk in holiness. But He has given to us the responsibility of doing the walking; He does not do that for us.” 

“… holiness is a process, something we never completely attain in this life. Rather, as we begin to conform to the will of God in one area of life, He reveals to us our need in another area. That is why we will always be pursuing – as opposed to attaining – holiness in this life.”

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One comment on “Jerry Bridges on Holiness

  1. Hello Mr Bridges,
    I have recently picked up your book, The Practice of Godliness; my intent is to read/study/think/apply.
    God seems to have readied me. I attempted to read the book 20+ years ago.
    The deeper my fear of God, love for Christ and desire for fellowship with the living and true God, the more my walk reflects that of a godly man.
    My prayer is that I would respond to this sweet providence and continue to persevere in godliness.
    Thank you for your ministry.
    Sincerely,
    Erik

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