"O what a blessing are pleasant, sympathetic words, words
that uplift and strengthen! When asked a question one should
not answer abruptly, but kindly. The heart of the one that is
asking may be sorely grieved by a hidden sorrow, that may not
be told. This he may not know; therefore his words should
always be kind and sympathetic. By a few well-chosen,
helpful words, he may remove a heavy load from a fellow
- Christian Leadership, p. 21
"In His treatment of Thomas, Jesus gave a lesson for His followers. His example shows how we should treat those whose faith is weak, and who make their doubts prominent. Jesus did not overwhelm Thomas with reproach, nor did He enter into controversy with him. He revealed Himself to the doubting one. Thomas had been most unreasonable in dictating the conditions of his faith, but Jesus, by His generous love and consideration, broke down all the barriers. Unbelief is seldom overcome by controversy. It is rather put upon self-defense, and finds new support and excuse. But let Jesus, in His love and mercy, be revealed as the crucified Saviour, and from many once unwilling lips will be heard the acknowledgment of Thomas, 'My Lord and my God.'"
- Desire of Ages, p. 808
"Such transformation of character as is seen in the life of John is ever the result of communion with Christ. There may be marked defects in the character of an individual, yet when he becomes a true disciple of Christ, the power of divine grace transforms and sanctifies him. Beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, he is changed from glory to glory, until he is like Him whom he adores."
– Acts of the Apostles, p. 559
God has something to say to us (more than we want to hear it)! That's why there is always a WORD!