True religion is . . . personal, experimental, practical.
It is a thing of the heart—and not merely external religious forms.
True religion is a living principle in the soul . . .
- influencing the mind,
- alluring the affections,
- guiding the will,
- directing and enlightening the conscience.
True religion is a supreme—not a subordinate matter. It demands and obtains the throne of the soul. It guides the whole character—and requires the whole man and all his conduct to be in subordination.
True religion is not an occasional thing—but habitual. It takes up its abode in the heart—and not merely visits it at certain times and at particular seasons.
True religion is not a partial thing—but universal. It does not confine itself to certain times, places, and occasions—but forms an integral part of the character—and blends with everything we do.
True religion is noble and lofty—not an abject, servile, and groveling thing. It communes . . .
- with God,
- with truth,
- with holiness,
- with heaven,
- with eternity,
- with infinity!
True religion is a happy—and not a melancholy thing. It gives peace that passes understanding, and joy that is unspeakable, and full of glory!
True religion is a durable—and not a transient thing. It . . .
- passes with us through life,
- lies down with us on the pillow of death,
- rises with us at the last day, and
- dwells in our souls in heaven as the very element of eternal life!
Such is true religion—the most sublime thing in the world—sent down to be our comforter on earth—and our guide to everlasting life through all this gloomy valley!
(Taken From John Angell James book: The Young Man Leaving Home)
True religion is noble and lofty
—not an abject, servile,
and groveling thing.
It communes . . .
*Emphasis Mine-Pictures Not Mine.