Although written 300+ years ago, John Bunyan has some timeless wisdom for Christians in his book Christian Behavior. You can check out my book review by clicking here, and the first set of quotes I shared from this book are here. Below are some other quotes I really liked.
In a section to parents about children—
“See if fair words will win them from evil. This is God’s way with His children (Jeremiah 25:4-5).”
“Take heed that the misdeeds for which thou correctest thy children be not learned them by thee.”
“How a Christian wife should live with her unbelieving husband:
- Let thy words be few.
- And none of them savoring of a lording over him; but speak thou still as to thy head and lord, by way of entreaty and beseeching.
- And in such a spirit of sympathy, that the manner of thy speech and behavior in speaking may be to him an argument that thou speakest in love, as being sensible of his misery, and inflamed in thy soul with desire after his conversion.
- And follow thy words and behavior with prayers to God for his soul.
- Still keeping thyself in a holy, chaste, and modest behavior before him.”
In a section written to employers—“In a word, learn of the Lord Jesus to carry yourselves well to your servants, that your servants also may learn something of the kindness of Christ by your deportment to them. Servants are goers as well as comers; take heed that thou give them no occasion to scandal the Gospel when they are going for what they observe thee unrighteously to do when they were with thee.”
“Pride, in general, is that which causeth a man to think of man and his things above what is written (1 Corinthians 4:6).”
“Pride is when you slight this or that person, though gracious—that is, look over them and shun them for their poverty in this world—and choose rather to have converse with others that possibly are less gracious because of their greatness in this world.”
“It argueth pride of heart when men will not deny themselves in things that may be for the good and profit of their neighbors.”
“It argueth pride of heart when a man that hath this or that in his heart to do in reference to God, but yet will slight a sober asking counsel and direction of God in this matter.”
“It argueth pride of heart when persons are tickled with thoughts of their own praise, that secretly lust after it.”
“It is an easier matter to begin to do good than it is to continue therein; and the reason is, there is not so much of a Christian’s cross in the beginning of a work as there is in a continual, hearty, conscientious practice thereof. Therefore Christians have need, as to be pressed to do good, so to continue the work.”