25 Jerry Bridges Quotes

  • "God's Word must be so strongly fixed in our minds that it becomes the dominant influence in our thoughts, our attitudes, and our actions. One of the most effective ways of influencing our minds is through memorizing Scripture. David said, "I have hidden Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You" (Psm. 119:11)."

    - Jerry Bridges
    Topics: Scripture


  • "To be justified means more than to be declared "not guilty." It actually means to be declared righteous before God. It means God has imputed or charged the guilt of our sin to His Son, Jesus Christ, and has imputed or credited Christ's righteousness to us."

    - Jerry Bridges
    Topics: Justification, Righteousness


  • "Adversity is hard to endure, and can even be harder to understand. If God were really in control, why would He allow the tragic auto accident or crucial job loss? How could He permit cancer in a loved one or the death of a child? Grappling with His concern for us we ask, "Why is God allowing this?" or "What have I done wrong?"

    - Jerry Bridges
    Topics: Adversity, Suffering


  • "Uncontrolled temper is soon dissipated on others. Resentment, bitterness, and self-pity build up inside our hearts and eat away at our spiritual lives like a slowly spreading cancer."

    - Jerry Bridges
    Topics: Bitterness, Self-pity


  • "This is the secret of being content: To learn and accept that we live daily by God's unmerited favor given through Christ, and that we can respond to any and every situation by His divine enablement through the Holy Spirit."

    - Jerry Bridges
    Topics: Contentment


  • "Prayer assumes the sovereignty of God. If God is not sovereign, we have no assurance that He is able to answer our prayers. Our prayers would become nothing more than wishes. But while God's sovereignty, along with his wisdom and love, is the foundation of our trust in Him, prayer is the expression of that trust."

    - Jerry Bridges
    Topics: Prayer


  • "The cure for the sin of envy and jealousy is to find our contentment in God."

    - Jerry Bridges
    Topics: Envy, Jealousy, Contentment


  • "The assurance of His total forgiveness of our sins through the blood of Christ means we don't have to play defensive games anymore. We don't have to rationalize and excuse our sins. We can call sin exactly what it is, regardless of how ugly and shameful it may be, because we know that Jesus bore that sin in His body on the cross."

    - Jerry Bridges
    Topics: Forgiveness, Assurance, The Cross


  • "God's grace is not given to make us feel better, but to glorify Him... Good feelings may come, or they may not, but that is not the issue. The issue is whether or not we honor God by the way we respond to our circumstances."

    - Jerry Bridges
    Topics: Circumstances


  • "The cure for impatience with the fulfillment of God's timetable is to believe His promises, obey His will, and leave the results to Him. So often when God's timetable stretches into years we become discouraged and...want to give up or try to work something out on [our] own."

    - Jerry Bridges
    Topics: Impatience, Trust


  • "God will never allow any action against you that is not in accord with His will for you. And His will is always directed to our good."

    - Jerry Bridges
    Topics: Providence


  • "Faith is not only necessary to salvation, it is also necessary to live a life pleasing to God. Faith enables us to claim the promises of God - but it also enables us to obey the commands of God. Faith enables us to obey when obedience is costly or seems unreasonable to the natural mind."

    - Jerry Bridges
    Topics: Faith


  • "Jesus said, "Any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple" (Luke 14:33). We must honestly face the question, "Am I willing to give up a certain practice or habit that is keeping me from holiness?" It is at this point of commitment that most of us fail. We prefer to dally with sin, to try to play with it a little without getting too deeply involved."

    - Jerry Bridges
    Topics: Habits, Holiness


  • "Here is a spiritual principle: We cannot exercise love unless we are experiencing grace. You cannot truly love others unless you are convinced that God's love for you is unconditional, based solely on the merit of Christ, not on your performance. Our love, either to God or to others, can only be a response to His love for us."

    - Jerry Bridges
    Topics: Love, Grace


  • "Grace expresses two complementary thoughts: God's unmerited favor to us through Christ, and God's divine assistance to us through the Holy Spirit."

    - Jerry Bridges
    Topics: Grace, Holy Spirit



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