This is from the classic work by J.C. Ryle, Holiness It’s Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties & Roots. You can purchase your copy at Monergism Books.
From Monergism Books,
John Charles Ryle’s best-known works have been reissued and widely read over many years. The fine qualities of his writings have ensured that his books are still popular and useful. This present volume has become a classic work and is known and loved by many throughout the world.
In days when evangelical preachers are accused of being either superficial or dull, we have here a great example from one who was neither of these things. As Bishop Ryle explains and applies his texts with his customary simplicity and directness, the reader will find his conscience pricked and his soul examined. Ryle’s Holiness has become essential reading on this most important subject and the first chapter on ‘sin’ has rarely been bettered.
Ryle was appointed as the first Bishop of Liverpool in 1880 and was the leader of the Evangelical Party in the Church of England for more than half a century. He is highly regarded for his plain and lively writings on practical and spiritual themes, and their usefulness and impact have been consistently recognized and remain as wise and relevant today as when he first wrote them.
- Holiness is the habit of being of one mind with God.
- A holy man will endeavor to shun every known sin, and to keep every known commandment.
- A holy man will strive to be like our Lord Jesus Christ.
- A holy man will follow after meekness, longsuffering, gentleness, patience, kind tempers and government of his tongue.
- A holy man will follow after temperance and self-denial.
- A holy man will follow after charity and brotherly kindness.
- A holy man will follow after a spirit of mercy and benevolence.
- A holy man will follow after purity of heart.
- A holy man will follow after the fear of God.
- A holy man will follow after humility.
- A holy man will follow after faithfulness in all the duties and relations in life.
- A holy man will follow after spiritual-mindedness.