Chapter 6. "It is because selfishness exists in our hearts that temptation has power over us. But when we behold the great love of God, selfishness appears to us in its hideous and repulsive character, and we desire to have it expelled from the soul. As the Holy Spirit glorifies Christ our hearts are softened and subdued, the temptation loses its power, and the grace of Christ transforms the character." MB 118.
Chapter 7. "There are those who have known the pardoning love of Christ and who really desire to be children of God, yet they realize that their character is imperfect, their life faulty, and they are ready to doubt whether their hearts have been renewed by the Holy Spirit. To such I would say, Do not draw back in despair. We shall often have to bow down and weep at the feet of Jesus because of our shortcomings and mistakes, but we are not to be discouraged. Even if we are overcome by the enemy, we are not cast of, not forsaken and rejected of God." SC64.
Chapter 8. "The sinner's only hope is to rely wholly upon Jesus Christ...Our acceptance with God is sure only through His beloved Son, and good works are but the result of the working of His sin-pardoning love. They are no credit to us, and we have nothing accorded to us for our good works by which we may claim a part in the salvation of our souls. Salvation is God's free gift to the believer, given to him for Christ's sake alone. The troubled soul may find peace through faith in Christ...He cannot present his good works as a plea for the salvation of his soul." OHC 118.
Chapter 9. "The Father's presence encircled Christ, and nothing befell Him but that which infinite love permitted for the blessing of the world. Here was His source of comfort, and it is for us. He who is imbued with the Spirit of Christ abides in Christ. The blow that is aimed at him falls upon the Savior, who surrounds him with His presence. Whatever comes to him comes from Christ. He has no need to resist evil, for Christ is his defense. Nothing can touch him except by our Lord's permission, and 'all things' that are permitted 'work together for good to them that love God.' Romans 8:28.
Chapter 10. "He who is unmerciful toward others shows that he himself is not a partaker of God's pardoning grace. In God' forgiveness the heart of the erring one is drawn close to the great heart of infinite Love. The tide of divine compassion flows into the sinner's soul, and from him to the souls of others. The tenderness and mercy that Christ has revealed in His own precious life will be seen in those who become sharers of His grace....The ground of all forgiveness is found in the unmerited love of God, but by our attitude toward others we show whether we have made that love our own." COL 251.
Chapter 11. "With untold love our God has loved us, and our love awakens toward Him as we comprehend something of the length and breadth and depth and height of this love that passeth knowledge. By the revelation of the attractive loveliness of Christ, by the knowledge of His love expressed to us while we were yet sinners, the stubborn heart is melted and subdued and the sinner is transformed and becomes a child of heaven. God does not employ compulsory measures; love is the agent which He uses to expel sin from the heart. By it He changes pride into humility, and enmity and unbelief into love and faith." MB 76,77.
Book Abbreviations: DA = Desire of Ages
COL = Christ's Object Lessons
FW = Faith and Works
SC = Steps to Christ
MB= Mount of Blessings
OHC= Our High Calling
(I so hope you have been blessed by all these quotes and the book. It was such a blessing to me. I have read it so many times, I think 13 in all, and I still find something that I have missed.
God Bless you as you live for Him. Grandma Joan)