32 Great Christian Quotes About Holiness

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Of all the Christian quote subjects available I believe holiness is the most talked about. It is a subject upon which some Christians disagree. Some believe that we must be completely holy here on earth to merit a place in Heaven. Others believe that holiness is not at all necessary in our Christian walk, they believe that all of our sins, past, present and future are forgiven so we can live however we like. And still others believe that once we come to know Jesus as Savior that we will spend the rest of our earthly life desiring to follow the Holy Spirit Whom leads us to be holy, in fact that true and complete holiness is progressive and only complete when we are in Heaven. I love the featured quote below by J.C. Ryle which sums it up best. I pray that as you read these Christian quotes about holiness that you are able to reflect upon your relationship with the Lord.

Featured Christian Quote About Holiness: “Holiness is the habit of being of one mind with God, according as we find His mind described in Scripture. It is the habit of agreeing in God’s judgment, hating what He hates, loving what He loves, and measuring everything in this world by the standard of His Word. ” ~ J.C. Ryle

Holiness – A.W. Tozer, Preacher & Writer

No man should desire to be happy who is not at the same time holy. He should spend his efforts in seeking to know and do the will of God, leaving to Christ the matter of how happy he should be.

The stiff and wooden quality about our religious lives is a result of our lack of holy desire. Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth. Acute desire must be present or there will be no manifestation of Christ to His people.

A Pharisee is hard on others and easy on himself, but a spiritual man is easy on others and hard on himself.

Wise leaders should have known that the human heart cannot exist in a vacuum. If Christians are forbidden to enjoy the wine of the Spirit they will turn to the wine of the flesh….Christ died for our hearts and the Holy Spirit wants to come and satisfy them.

32 Great Christian Quotes About Holiness

Holiness – Andrew Murray, Preacher

The greatest test of whether the holiness we profess to seek or to attain is truth and life will be whether it produces an increasing humility in us. In man, humility is the one thing needed to allow God’s holiness to dwell in him and shine through him. The chief mark of counterfeit holiness is lack of humility. The holiest will be the humblest.

Nowhere can we get to know the holiness of God, and come under His influence and power, except in the inner chamber. It has been well said: “No man can expect to make progress in holiness who is not often and long alone with God.”

Just as a servant knows that he must first obey his master in all things, so the surrender to an implicit and unquestionable obedience must become the essential characteristic of our lives

Let it be your business every day, in the secrecy of the inner chamber, to meet the holy God. You will be repaid for the trouble it may cost you. The reward will be sure and rich.

Do not strive in your own strength; cast yourself at the feet of the Lord Jesus, and wait upon Him in the sure confidence that He is with you, and works in you. Strive in prayer; let faith fill your heart-so will you be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.

Holiness – Jim & Elisabeth Elliot, Missionaries

Holiness has never been the driving force of the majority. It is, however, mandatory for anyone who wants to enter the kingdom. (Elisabeth)

I may no longer depend on pleasant impulses to bring me before the Lord. I must rather response to principles I know to be right, whether I feel them to be enjoyable or not. (Jim)

I have one desire now – to live a life of reckless abandon for the Lord, putting all my energy and strength into it. (Elisabeth)

Grieve not, then, if your sons seem to desert you, but rejoice, rather, seeing the will of God done gladly. (Jim)

God is God. Because he is God, He is worthy of my trust and obedience. I will find rest nowhere but in His holy will that is unspeakably beyond my largest notions of what he is up to. (Elisabeth)

Holiness – J.C. Ryle, Pastor & Writer

We must be holy, because this is the only sound evidence that we have a saving faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

I cannot see how any man deserves to be called “holy,” who willfully allows himself in sins, and is not humbled and ashamed because of them.

I should as soon expect a farmer to prosper in business who contented himself with sowing his fields and never looking at them till harvest, as expect a believer to attain much holiness who was not diligent about his Bible reading, his prayers, and the use of his Sundays.

I am convinced that the first step towards attaining a higher standard of holiness is to realize more fully the amazing sinfulness of sin.

Holiness – Charles Stanley, Pastor

Renewing the mind is a little like refinishing furniture. It is a two-stage process. It involves taking off the old and replacing it with the new. The old is the lies you have learned to tell or were taught by those around you; it is the attitudes and ideas that have become a part of your thinking but do not reflect reality. The new is the truth. To renew your mind is to involve yourself in the process of allowing God to bring to the surface the lies you have mistakenly accepted and replace them with truth. To the degree that you do this, your behaviour will be transformed.

I’m convinced that the man who has learned to meditate upon the Lord will be able to run on his feet and walk in his spirit. Although he may be hurried by his vocation, that’s not the issue. The issue is how fast his spirit is going. To slow it down takes a period of time.

A Christian has no right being in a fight unless it’s a spiritual fight.

Holiness – Rick Warren, Pastor

Who are you going to live for – yourself or God?

The closer you live to God, the smaller everything else appears.

God does not want you to become a God; he wants you to become godly – taking on his values, attitudes, and character.

Christlikeness is your eventual destination, but your journey will last a lifetime.

Holiness – Charles Spurgeon, Pastor & Writer

Be dogmatically true, obstinately holy, immovably honest, desperately kind, fixed upright.

I believe the holier a man becomes, the more he mourns over the unholiness which remains in him.

A faith which works not for purification will work for putrefaction. Unless our faith makes us pine after holiness, it is no better than the faith of devils, and perhaps it is not even so good as that. A holy man is the workmanship of the Holy Spirit.

I have now concentrated all my prayers into one, and that one prayer is this, that I may die to self, and live wholly to Him.

If you think you can walk in holiness without keeping up perpetual fellowship with Christ, you have made a great mistake. If you would be holy, you must live close to Jesus.

In proportion as a church is holy, in that proportion will its testimony for Christ be powerful.

Final Thoughts

Gathering these quotes has really made me think about holiness and how it relates to me. It must be a habit to choose holiness over unholiness if we are to progress from the old man to the new man. It is a choice and when we make the right choice we will have an abundant life (John 10:10).

Read more about holiness here: What is Sanctification?

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DocReits October 2, 2014 at 12:34 am

Thank you Pamela,

Great encouragement to strive after a closer walk with God. I especially enjoyed the refinishing woodwork example of Charles Stanley. The other idea I gleaned from your quotes(paraphrased) is “the best way to live Holy for God, is to live wholly… for God” .

Blessings,

DocReits

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