Rick Warren Quotes




"You are not an accident."

"God never wastes a hurt."

"Passion drives perfection."

"God never wastes anything."

"It is not a sin to be tempted."

'It is never to late to start growing."

"Don't ever try to argue with the Devil."

"The smile of God is the goal of your life."

"Life on earth is a temporary assignment."

"Never confuse activity with productivity."

"We are human beings, not human doings."

"Self worth and net worth are not the same."

"Don't waste your pain; use it to help others."

"God specializes in giving people a fresh start."

"Who are you going to live for- yourself or God?"

"Possessions only provide temporary happiness."

"Every temptation is an opportunity to do good."

"You need to think more about eternity and not less."

"A non-serving Christian is a contradiction in terms."

"When you live in the light of eternity, your values change."

"Living to create an earthly legacy is a short-sighted goal."

"The greatest tragedy is not death, but life without purpose."

"Pride builds walls between people, humility builds bridges."

"Becoming like Christ is a long, slow process of growth."

"Temptation always starts in your mind, not in circumstances."

"Remember that your character is the sum total of your habits."

"God is far more interested in what you are than who you are."

"Resentment always hurts you more than the person you resent."

"The closer you live to God, the smaller everything else appears."

"Every time you defeat a temptation, you become more like Jesus!"

"What matters is not the duration of your life, but the donation of it."

"Remember how far you've come, not just how far you have to go."

"God never does anything accidentally, and he never makes mistakes."

"Your greatest ministry will most likely come out of your greatest hurt."

"There is nothing quite as potent as a focused life, one lived on purpose."

"God's purpose is greater than our problems, our pain and even our sin."

"The most damaging aspect of contemporary living is short-term thinking."

"Character is both developed and revealed by tests, and all of life is a test."

"Most people fail to realize that money is both a test and trust from God."

"Time is your most precious gift, because you only have a set amount of it."

"Nothing shapes your life more than the commitments you choose to make."

"Christlikeness is your eventual destination, but your journey will last a lifetime."

"Every time Satan suggested a temptation, Jesus countered by quoting Scripture."

"Never forget that life is not about you! You exist for God's purposes, not vise versa."

"At most, you will live a hundred years on earth, but you will spend forever in eternity."

"God continually tests peoples character, faith, obedience, love, integrity and loyalty."

"When you understand that life is a test, you realize that nothing is insignificant in your life.

"Life is about letting God use you for his purposes, not using him for your own purpose."

"While we worry about how fast we grow, God is concerned about how strong we grow."

"Eternal values, not temporal ones, should become the deciding factors for your decisions."

"Learning to love unselfishly is not an easy task. It runs counter to our self-centered nature."

"Your commitments can develop you or destroy you, but either way, they will define you."

"After learning to love God (worship), learning to love others is the second purpose of your life."

"Because God is love, the most important lesson he wants you to learn on earth is how to love."

"You didn't create yourself, so there is no way you can tell yourself what you were created for!"

"The best use of life is love. The best expression of love is time. The best time to love is now."

"There is no growth without change, no change without fear or loss and no loss without pain."

"If others don't use their gifts, you get cheated, and if you don;t use your gifts, they get cheated."

"God intentionally allows you to go through painful experiences to equip you for ministry to others."

"Through salvation our past has been forgiven, our present is given meaning, and out future is secured."

"Every human activity, except sin, can be done for God's pleasure, if you do it with an attitude of praise."

"Without a purpose, life is motion without meaning, activity without direction, and events without reason."

"When you transfer into eternity, you will leave everything else behind. All you're taking with you is your character."

"The bible offers three metaphors that teach us God's view of life: Life is a test, life is a trust and life is a temporary assignment."

"At the end of your life on earth you will be evaluated and rewarded according to how well you handled what God entrusted to you."

"Your spiritual gifts were not given for your own benefit but for the benefit of others, just as other people were given gifts for your benefit."

"The easiest way to discover the purpose of an invention is to ask the creator of it. The same is true for discovering your life's purpose: Ask God."

"Fear is a self imposed prison that will keep you from becoming what God intends for you to be. You must move against it with the weapons of faith and love."

"Just as the nine months you spent in your mother's womb were not an end in themselves but preparation for life, so this life is preparation for the next."

"To make the best use of your life, you must never forget two truths: First, compared with eternity, life is extremely brief. Second, earth is only a temporary residence. You won't be here long, so don't get too attached."

"You will not be in heaven two seconds before you cry out, why did I place so much importance on things that were so temporary? What was I thinking? Why did I waste so much time, energy and concern on what wasn't going to last?"

"I invite you to bow your head and quietly whisper the prayer that will change your eternity: Jesus I believe in you and I receive you."

"Four of the Ten Commandments deal with our relationship to God while the other six deal with our relationships with people. But all ten are about relationships."

"Love leaves legacy. How you treated other people, not your wealth or accomplishments, is the most enduring impact you can leave on earth."

"When life on earth is ending, people don't surround themselves with objects. What we want around us is people - people we love and have relationships with."

"God's mercy to us is the motivation for showing mercy to others. Remember, you will never be asked to forgive someone else more than God has forgiven you."

"Many people are reluctant to show mercy because they don't understand the difference between trust and forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past. Trust has to do with future behavior."

"The bible says that all people, not just believers, possess part of the image of God; that is why murder and abortion are wrong."

"God does not want you to become a Go; he wants you to become godly - taking on his values, attitudes, and character."

"God's ultimate goal for your life on earth is not comfort, but character development. He wants you to grow up spiritually and become like Christ."

"Why is this happening to me? Why am I having such a difficult time? One answer is that life is supposed to be difficult! It's what enables us to grow. Remember, earth is not heaven!"

"God uses his Word, people and circumstances to mold us. All three are indispensable for character development. God's word provides the truth we need to grow, God's people provide the support we need to grow, and circumstances provide the environment we need to grow."

"He (God) usually prefers to work through people rather than perform miracles, so that we will depend on each other for fellowship."

"Much confusion in the Christian life comes from ignoring the simple truth that God is far more interested in building your character than he is anything else."

"God is much more concerned about your character than your career, because you will take your character into eternity, but not your career."

"Jesus did not die on the cross just so we could live comfortable, well adjusted lives. His purpose is far deeper: He wants to make us like himself before he takes us to heaven. This is our greatest privilege, our immediate responsibility, and our ultimate destiny."

"Change always starts in your mind. The way you think determines the way you feel, and the way you feel influences the way you act."

"Babies by nature are completely selfish. They think only of themselves and their own needs. They are incapable of giving; they can only receive. That is immature thinking. Unfortunately, many people never grow beyond that kind of thinking."

"Christianity is not a religion or a philosophy, but a relationship and a lifestyle. The core of that lifestyle is thinking of others, as Jesus did, instead of ourselves."

"Many of our trouble occur because we base our choices on unreliable authorities; culture ("everyone is doing it"), tradition ("we've always done it"), reason ("it seems logical"), or emotion ("it just felt right").

"God has a purpose behind every problem. He uses circumstances to develop our character. In fact, he depends more on circumstances to make us like Jesus than he depends on our reading the Bible."

"Your most profound and intimate experiences of worship will likely be in your darkest days- when your heart is broken, when you feel abandoned, when your out of options, when the pain is great- and you turn to God alone."

"Much of what happens in our world is evil and bad, but God specializes in bringing good out of it."

"Every problem is a character-building opportunity, and the more difficult it is, the greater the potential for building spiritual muscle and moral fiber."

"What happens outwardly in your life is not as important as what happens inside you. Your circumstances are temporary, but your character will last forever."

"Since God intends to make you like Jesus, he will take you through the same experiences Jesus went through. That includes loneliness, temptation, stress, criticism, rejection, and many other problems."

"The next sentence is one of the most important spiritual truths you will ever learn: God develops the fruit of the Spirit in your life by allowing you to experience circumstances in which you're tempted to express the exact opposite quality. Character development always involves a choice, and temptation provides that opportunity."

"For instance, God teaches us to love by putting some unlovely people around us. It takes no character to love people who are lovely and loving to you."

"Integrity is built by defeating the temptation to be dishonest; humility grows when we refuse to be prideful; and endurance develops every time you reject the temptation to give up."

"God made every one of us a sexual being, and that is good. Attraction and arousal are the natural, spontaneous, God-given responses to physical beauty, while lust is a deliberate act of the will."

Compiled by Thomas George
editor@Wisdom-of-the-Wise.com