"Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding."
"Dear friends, we must buy truth even if the price is ever so dear. Every parcel of truth is precious, as the filings of gold. We must either live with it, or die for it. As Ruth said to Naomi, may gracious spirits say, 'Where truth goes, I will go, and where truth lodges, I will lodge, and nothing but death shall part me and truth.'
A man may lawfully sell his house, land and jewels, but truth exceeds all prices, and must not be sold. It is our heritage and joy (Psa.119:11). Our forefathers have bought truth with their blood. We should be willing to lay down anything that we may purchase this precious pearl.
It is worth more than the heavens and the earth, and it will make men live happily, die comfortably, and reign eternally.
In seeking truth, remember it is not hasty reading, but serious meditating upon holy and heavenly truths that make them sweet and profitable to the soul.
It is not the bee's brief touching of the flower, but her abiding upon the flower that draws out the sweet. It is not he that reads most, but he that meditates most, that will prove the sweetest, wisest, and strongest Christian.
Also, it is not the knowing, talking, and reading man, but the doing man that will at last be found the happiest man. If you know these things, happy are you if you do them.
Judas called Christ Lord, and yet betrayed him. How many Judases kiss Christ, and yet betray him; in their words profess him, but in their works deny him; they bow their knees to him, and yet in their hearts despise him; they call him Jesus, and obey him not as Lord.
Read and labour to know, but that you may do, or else you are undone forever. You will have two heavens -- a heaven of joy, peace, and comfort on earth, and a heaven of glory and happiness after death."
-taken from Voices from the Past, excerpt by Thomas Brooks
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