Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Godly Man's Picture

Some advice was given to me recently from a very wise and godly pastor; ‘Don’t rush through the puritan classics...less is more when it comes to reading and fully understanding doctrine that will nourish and transform your soul.’

With this in mind, and perhaps also due to the busy demands of everyday life, I’ve moved quite slowly through ‘The Godly Man’s Picture.’ At the outset, Thomas Watson poignantly reminds the reader that,
The soul being so precious, and salvation so glorious, it is the highest point of prudence to make preparations for another world.
The remainder of the book outlines the characteristics of godliness, fully expectant that the godly man (in the generic sense) will be one who is patient, thankful, zealous, sincere, but to name a few of the chapter titles. However God’s grace and ever-present help is referred to often and encourages the believer to continue in perseverance. Many regard Watson as the most readable of the Puritans; his questioning approach serves to aid the reader by providing opportunity for reflection and personal response. I found the most challenging section of the book to be entitled: ‘A godly man prizes Christ.’ Not only is the precious worth of Jesus affirmed again and again throughout this chapter, the challenge arises as to whether we really prize Christ at all.
If we are prizers of Christ:
1. We will prefer him in our judgments before other things
2. We cannot live without him
3. We shall not complain at any pains to get him
4. We take great pleasure in Him
5. We will part with our dearest pleasures for him
6. We shall think we cannot have him at too dear a rate
7. We will be willing to help others to get a part of him
8. We will prize him in health as well as sickness
Helpful explanations and illustrations support each section of this book with Scripture references woven throughout. This book really is one to be read and re-read and referred to along the way.


Mark said...

Excellent post (as usual). Is it unusual that a 'husband' reads your blog? As a husband and father of 3 young children, I often visit your site to find things for my wife to read. Thank you for ministering to my wife (and to me!)through your articles.
Many blessings.

Amanda said...

Rachel - It is Amanda from Philly-
Fun to see your review.
Hope you are well. send me an email

Amanda said...

Rachel -
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