The first is from The Five Love Languages for Singles , by Gary Chapman, though it is a quote I found there instead of something poignant from the text.
"I don't remember that the Lord ever spoke of success. He spoke only of faithfulness in love. This is the only success that really counts." Mother TeresaI did really like that book, by the way. I've read it and the original The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts, and both had very good information even for friendships and family relationships.
I also have a great one by Beth Moore in Get Out of That Pit: Straight Talk about God's Deliverance . Loved this book! This one is about how forgiveness is not a feeling.
Forgiveness is not about feeling. It's about willing. No stronger force exists. Forgiveness was the force that kept Christ, by His own submission, nailed to that cross.And later,
Forgiveness is not passivity, dear one. It is power. It is the ability to withstand the pressing, quaking gates of hell. Take this power and wield it. It's your right as a child of God. In the power of Jesus, first you will it and soon you'll feel it.So there.
These next few come from I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist , which was interesting and had some very good points, but I did not recommend at the time because I found the attitude to be somewhat off. Still, truth is truth.
God has provided enough evidence in this life to convince anyone willing to believe, yet he has also left some ambiguity so as not to compel the unwilling. In this way, God gives us the opportunity either to love him or to reject him without violating our freedom. In fact, the purpose of this life is to make that choice freely and without coercion. For love, by definition, must be freely given. It cannot be coerced.True.
Some people choose to suppress the truth rather than live by it. In fact, we humans have a fatal tendency to try to adjust the truth to fit our desires rather than adjusting our desires to fit the truth.True.
Why do we demand truth in everything but morality and religion? Why do we say, “That’s true for you but not for me,” when we’re talking about morality or religion, but we never even think of such nonsense when we’re talking to a stock broker about our money or a doctor about our health?True.
When you get right down to it, there are only two possibilities for anything that exists: either 1) it has always existed and is therefore uncaused, or 2) it had a beginning and was caused by something else (it can’t be self-caused, because it would have had to exist already in order to cause anything). According to the overwhelming evidence, the universe had a beginning, so it must be caused by something else—by something outside itself. Notice that this conclusion is consistent with theistic religions, but it is not based on those religions—it is based on good reason and evidence.True.
And for something connected to religion but not speaking directly at it, we have one of my favorite books of all times (or books, to be accurate), The Lord of the Rings , by Tolkien. Here are two of my favorite quotes.
‘I wish it need not have happened in my time,’ said Frodo. ‘So do I,’ said Gandalf, ‘and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.
‘Elves seldom give unguarded advice, for advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill.