but the inner person of the heart, the lasting beauty of a gentle and tranquil spirit, which is precious in God’s sight.
[1 Pet 3:4]
but now he has reconciled you by his physical body through death to present you holy, without blemish, and blameless before him —
Thy sinless mind in us reveal,
Thy spirit’s plenitude impart!
Till all my spotless life shall tell
The abundance of a loving heart.
~ C. WESLEY ~
Holiness appeared to me to be of a sweet, pleasant, charming, serene, calm nature. It seemed to me, it brought an inexpressible purity, brightness, peacefulness, and ravishment to the soul; and that it made the soul like a field or garden of God, with all manner of pleasant flowers, that is all pleasant, delightful, and undisturbed; enjoying a sweet calm, and the gently vivifying beams of the sun. The soul of a true Christian appeared like such a little white flower, as we see in the spring of the year, low and humble on the ground, opening its bosom to receive the pleasant beams of the sun’s glory; rejoicing, as it were, in a calm rapture; diffusing around a sweet fragrancy; standing peacefully and lovingly in the midst of other flowers round about, all in like manner opening their bosoms to drink in the light of the sun.
~ JONATHAN EDWARDS ~