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Richard Sibbes (1577-1635)

The Bruised Reed

by Richard Sibbes (1577-1635)

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First published in 1630.
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Richard Sibbes, 1577-1635, was an English Puritan Preacher.

"God ... will be with us in the trial and at length bring us out, more refined"

"Suffering brings discouragements, because of our impatience. 'Alas!' We lament, 'I shall never get through such a trial.' But if God brings us into the trial he will be with us in the trial and at length bring us out, more refined. We shall lose nothing but dross (Zechariah 13:9). From our own strength we cannot bear the least trouble, but by the Spirit's assistance we can bear the greatest."

Richard Sibbes, "The Bruised Reed"

"God ... will be with us in the trial and at length bring us out, more refined"

"Those who are given to quarrelling with themselves always lack comfort, and through their infirmities they are prone to feed on such bitter things as will most nourish that disease which troubles them ... We must not judge of ourselves always according to present feeling ... We must beware of false reasoning, such as: because our fire does not blaze out as others, therefore we have no fire at all. By false conclusions we may come to sin against the commandment in bearing false witness against ourselves. The prodigal would not say he was no son, but that he was not worthy to be called a son (Luke 15:19). We must neither trust to false evidences, nor deny true; for so we should dishonour the work of God's Spirit in us, and lose the help of that evidence which would cherish our love to Christ, and arm us against Satan's discouragements. Some are as faulty in this way as if they had been hired by Satan, the accuser of brethren' (Rev. 12:10), to plead for him in accusing themselves!"

Richard Sibbes, "The Bruised Reed"

"Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old." Mat 13:52 KJV
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