Sentence Sermons (Christian Inspiration) #16 --- Spirituality

Quotations on Spirituality

There is no inconsistency in beauty and spirituality. The two have an affinity. Look on the faces of those of a deeply spiritual life and you will see a face shining with radiant beauty.

—Coleman C. Craig, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, March 2, 1922.

Spirituality is life's significance passing over from the body to the mind; the entrance of life into a higher, more satisfactory sphere of expression.

—Frank Crane, The Chicago Daily News, Chicago, Ill., Nov. 8, 1917.

Spirituality is keenness to detect the will of God.

—John M. Moore, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Oct. 29, 1927.

Spirituality is the ability to internalize truth to the degree that one is motivated by, and responds to, the whisperings of the Spirit.

—Von R. Nielsen, Florida Ft. Lauderdale Mission Newsletter, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., May 1976.

Spirituality is Divine energy, working through human personality for the accomplishment of Divine ends.

—J. Benjamin Lawrence, Baptist Record, Jackson, Miss., Jan. 9, 1936.

Spirituality is a quality of mind which indicates spiritual apprehension, a spiritual attitude and a spiritual objective. It is a condition in which the spirit of man, which makes him akin to God, is dominant in his life, overcoming the earthly, carnal disposition, giving spiritual discernment, spirit control, and awakening spiritual desires and directing our energies to spiritual ends.

—P.I. Lipsey, Baptist Record, Jackson, Miss., March 12, 1936.

Spirituality is the sunshine of peace within the soul. It is the heart's glad surrender to the eternal things of God. It is radiant consciousness of kingship with the Infinite.

—Louie D. Newton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., April 2, 1936.

There can be no spirituality apart from the source of spirituality.

—James DeForest Murch, Christian Standard, Cincinnati, Ohio, Oct. 9, 1937.

Our task is the cultivation of a style of life consistent with the presence of the Spirit of the Risen Christ within us. ... Our spirituality has to do with our way of being Christian, in response to a call of God issued through Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit. ... We are called to a new way of seeing reality and of seeing through this to their spiritual core. We are called to live in relationship with our families, co-workers, clients, neighbors, friends and enemies, with a sensitivity to their presence, their needs and their gifts. Christian spirituality requires the Spirit to be allowed to work so that through the instrumentality of the individual and of the church the transformation of the world into the Kingdom of God might continue to occur.

—William B. Friend, The Church Today, Alexandria, La., May 23, 1984.

Spirituality is not a thing that can be stored up in the summer or while the protracted meeting is on, to be drawn upon day by day until the return of the annual spiritual refreshening. Spirituality is the need of every moment and must be an abiding condition. The things that produce it must be done moment by moment if we would be spiritually-minded.

—B.J.W. Graham, Christian Index, Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 16, 1916.

“The water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:14.) You cannot live always from the outside. You need an inner supply. You need moral reserve power. Spirituality does not come from outside. It is a fruit of the Spirit within. This, Jesus is willing to give.

—Arthur Growden, The Commercial Dispatch, Columbus, Miss., Feb. 28, 1932.

Spirituality is the aspiration and tendency toward the divine in thought and action as animated and directed by the Holy Ghost.

—Lastie N. Hoffpauir, Sabine Index, Many, La., Dec. 8, 1939.

Spirituality leads to a well-balanced life. As we seek to do God's will, we will endeavor to give expression to all the worthy impulses and interests of life. ... Real spirituality sends us forth to serve. ... Spirituality demands that we serve our fellows. It is so easy, however, to confuse good intentions with good deeds. We substitute expressions of sympathy for the work of our hands.

—Lastie N. Hoffpauir, Sabine Index, Many, La., June 14, 1940.

Spirituality means communion with Christ comes not through withdrawal from the world, but through entering all of it with Him. It means fellowship with Christ is not a straight jacket that snuffs out life. It is just the opposite. It is finding, or infusing, His light into all directions. To be in Him is to put eternal bloom in every satisfaction. Without Him things turn to ashes. When we cannot comprehend, we cannot endure Him, and when we cannot endure His presence, we cannot enjoy. To be fully alive in Christ is to be fully alive to the light in every form of life--and that is abundance. Less than that is a kind of dying. We are, in a word, magnified as we cease to think of "the Spirit" as unrelated to Christ. When you permit Christ to enter into all aspects of life in all contrasts, you will the more increase your spiritual power.

—Truman G. Madsen, New England Advocate, Boston, Mass., May 1965.

The two subjects of humility and spirituality are intangible qualities we must grasp. I feel that before humility can ever hope to be obtained, a recognition of our own inability to contribute to the cause of the Lord must be felt. The realization of helplessness can be for our own benefit when we employ a sincere desire to overcome. Our Father never wanted joy, pride, glory, or the temperaments of man to be squelched but rather to be directed in the proper path. Knowing that we are not always right, we should look forward to, and accept helpful criticism from, those who are in tune with the Holy Ghost. After we have molded these qualities into our characters so they become second nature we have begun to sow a seed of spirituality. Though a potential electrical power may be great, its usefulness still depends on the contact it makes and the quality of the material it is supposed to effect. Thinking in terms of the contact with the Holy Spirit with the body and the quality of the material with the inner man, we can see that both have to be clean, pure and prepared for edification from God. When we are dependent on the prompting of the Holy Spirit we can feel the needs and wants of others; and, at the same time we are able to radiate the light of the Gospel. It has been said that "Insight is to be more trusted than logic." This is only true when that insight is linked not with sight, hearing, or the other physical senses, but with the spirit of revelation.

—Rulon H. Stocking, New Era, London, England, August 1959.

A person's spirituality does not take place in a vacuum independent of the individual's here and now life. A person's spirituality is the way in which one activates oneself religiously in the total living out of one's daily activities. Spirituality is never something added to one's life, but is organic to it, lived out in one's life work and one's way of life. One's way of life is a person's overall lifestyle pattern such as family man, adolescent growing up and exploring the world, a religious living in community, a wife and mother, a single person, a single mother. Life work is a person's particular career or occupation such as school teacher, politician, seamstress, carer of children, cooker of family meals, carpenter, and the like. Neither way of life, nor life work can be seen as a major source of a person's spiritual growth; both are primary.

—Ann Lacour, The Church Today, Alexandria, La., Jan. 14, 1987.

I like to think of spirituality, or possibly an attribute of spirituality, as being the assuredness that we are walking in the Lord's ways--not a loud or boastful claim to perfection, but a calm and mightily convincing assertion. Spirituality is very closely related to humility Note that I said above that the quality is a calm, still assurance. Spirituality is not fanaticism; it is never the assertion of superiority above others. Like humility, spirituality is one of the Christlike characteristics which we make open claim to possession, but when in possession of it, we display it through our works and others recognize it through its workings on them.

—Paul Griffin, Fishers of Men, Hamburg, West Germany, October 1963.

Spirituality is a godly happiness–happiness is a state of mind brought on by fine service and a feeling that all is well with the soul.

—Harrison R. Merrill, Liahona the Elders Journal, Independence, Mo., April 14, 1936.

Spirituality, the great summary of success, is made possible through intelligent tolerance and conscientious conviction. All else is counterfeit.

—Andrew Turnipseed, Jr., Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., June 3, 1955.

Spirituality. This is a word greatly misunderstood. Spirituality is not a coat that you put on. It's something inside that works out. Jesus said, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." (Matthew 6:33.) Spirituality is not that complete, full, balanced, but it is a completely new attitude and spirit because of the seed that has planted within. The lily work. (See 1 Kings 7:19, 22.) In the New Testament, I believe the ultimate, that which God says we should strive for, the ultimate is the lily work which is the fruit of the Spirit. This is the gold, this is the rich each of us should reach: "love, kindness, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance." No matter your physical condition, no matter your educational basis, in all of those things which are out there, there is not a child of God but who can move in that which God expects. It is the lily work that I believe that you will say when you come to the top of the mountain, those words found in God's word, "The hoary head is a crown of glory if it is found in righteousness." (Proverbs 16:31.) What are the lily work in your life?

—William E. Thorn, First Family Worship, DeRidder, La., Sept. 24, 1995.

A national spirit without spirituality would be something like an automobile without a motor. After reaching the foot of the hill, we need power to get us back up grade.

—Jack Warwick, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pa., July 4, 1940.

A man's spirituality must always rise above his mentality.

—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, Jan. 24, 1924.

Spirituality is the secret of power from God. But what is spirituality? It is the humble, sincere purpose to do God's will. Christ rebuked any other idea of spirituality when He said, "Why call me Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I commanded you?"

Christian Observer, Louisville, Ky., April 14, 1909.

Spirituality is defined as heavenly-mindedness–a looking toward God and a devotion to truth and righteousness. It is that quality which leads a man to love honor and virtue for their own sake, and which makes him an inspiration to all who come in contact with him to do the same thing. It is that which enables a man to see through the material things of earth to the ideals of a higher life. It is the medium through which the human soul approaches God. It is the human force behind prayer and the assurance that bids us look for promised blessings.

—Adam S. Bennion, Juvenile Instructor, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 1915.

Spirituality, the sentinel of repentance, is placed at the door of human life to guard the soul against the intrusion of sin.

—Thomas W. Brookbank, Millennial Star, Liverpool, England, June 23, 1910.

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