Love is in All He Does to His People

God has thoughts of love in all He does to His people.  The ground of His dealings with us is love (though the occasion may be sin), the manner of His dealings is love, and the purpose of his dealings is love.  He has regard, in all, to our good here, to make us partakers of His holiness, and to our glory hereafter, to make us partakers of His glory.

– Samuel Bolton

as quoted by Bridges, Jerry; The Disciplined of Grace:God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness; NavPress; Colorado Springs; copyright 1994; p. 221

These Make Us to Have Many a Sad Heart and Wet Eye

We [believers] still have the presence of sin, nay the stirrings and workings of corruption.  These make us to have many a sad heart and wet eye.  Yet Christ has thus far freed us from sin; it shall not have dominion.  There may be the turbulence, but not the prevalence of sin…[Sin] may get into the throne of the heart and play the tyrant in this or that particular act of sin, but it shall never more be as a king there.

– Samuel Bolten

as quoted by Bridges, Jerry; The Disciplined of Grace:God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness; NavPress; Colorado Springs; copyright 1994; p. 103