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Christian

 

(Jesus declared, ) "Come unto me, all ye who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

Matthew 11: 28 -30

"For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness."

Thessalonians 5:5

"While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light."

John 12:36

There is a spirit which I feel delights to do no evil nor to revenge any wrong, but delights to endure all things in hope to enjoy its own in the end. Its hope is to out-live all wrath and contention and to weary out all exaltations and cruelty of whatever is of a nature contrary to itself. It sees to the end of all temptations. As it bears no evil in itself, so it conceives none in thoughts to any other. If it be betrayed, it bears it, for its ground and spring is the mercies and forgivenness of God. Its crown is meekness, its life is everlasting love unfeigned; and takes its kingdom with entreaty and not contention, and keeps it by lowliness of mind. In God alone it can rejoice, though none else regard it, or can own its life."

James Nayler
"The Examination of James Nayler at Appleby" 1716


".....And I believed the Lord would perform what he had spoken, because I was made willing to give myself up to His work and service, to leave all and follow Him, whose presence and life is with me, where I rest in peace and quietness of spirit, with my dear brother (William Robinson) under the shadow of His wings, who has made us willing to lay down our lives for His name's sake, if unmerciful men be suffered to take them from us."

Marmaduke Stephenson, Quaker
letter written on the eve of his execution for religious beliefs
Boston, Massachussetts
1660 (?)