Robert Murray M’Cheyne Quotes

Rev Robert Murray M’Cheyne (21 May 1813 – 25 March 1843) was a minister in the Church of Scotland from 1835 to 1843. He was born at 14 Dublin Street in Edinburgh on 21 May 1813, the son of Adam McCheyne W.S. He was educated at the University of Edinburgh and at the Divinity Hall of his native city, where he was taught by Thomas Chalmers. He first served as an assistant to John Bonar in the parish of Larbert and Dunipace, near Falkirk, from 1835 to 1836. After this he served as minister of St. Peter’s Church (in Dundee) until his early death at the age of 29 during an epidemic of typhus.


“What a man is on his knees before God, that he is, and nothing more.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“The seed of every sin known to man is in my heart.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“Live near to God, and so all things will appear to you little in comparison to eternal realities.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne



“I know well that when Christ is nearest, Satan also is busiest.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“Some believers are very surprised when they are called to suffer. They thought they would do some great thing for God, but all God permits them to do is to suffer. Just suppose you could speak with those who have gone to be with the Lord; everyone has a different story, yet everyone has a tale of suffering. One was persecuted by family and friends…another was inflicted with pain and disease, neglected by the world…another was bereaved of children…another had all these afflictions. But you will notice that though the water was deep, they all have reached the other side. Not one of them blames God for the road He led them; “Salvation” is their only cry. Are there any of you, dear children, murmuring at your lot? Do not sin against God. This is the way God leads all His redeemed ones.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“Learn that urgency in prayer does not so much consist in vehement pleading, as in vehement believing. He that believes most the love and power of Jesus will obtain the most in prayer.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“It is the mark of a hypocrite to be a Christian everywhere but home.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“When God gives a promise, He always tries our faith. Just as the roots of trees take firmer hold when they are contending with the wind, so faith takes a firmer hold when it struggles with adverse appearances.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“We do not know the value of Christ, if we will not cleave to Him unto death!” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“There are many hearing me who now know well that they are not Christians because they do not love to give. To give largely and liberally, not grudging at all, requires a new heart.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“God’s children should not doubt His love when He afflicts. Christ loved Lazarus peculiarly, and yet He afflicted Him very sore.  Your afflictions may only prove that you are more immediately under the Father’s hand. There is no time that the patient is such an object of tender interest to the surgeon, as when he is bleeding beneath his knife. So you may be sure if you are suffering from the hand of a reconciled God, that His eye is all the more bent on you.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne



“It is the voice of Christ that wakens the dead soul. Jesus speaks through the Bible, through ministers, through providences. His voice can reach the dead. He quickeneth whom He will. They that hear, live.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne



“Christ frequently gives us the desires of our heart, though not at the peculiar time we desired, but a better time.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“The nearer you take anything to the light, the darker its spots will appear; and the nearer you live to God, the more you will see your own utter vileness.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“Some of you seek for faith much in the same way as you would dig for a well. You turn the eye inward upon yourself and search admidst the depths of your polluted heart to find if faith is there; you search admid all your feelings at sermons and sacraments to see if faith is there; and still you find nothing but sin and disappointment… Look full in the face of Jesus… Drink in His Word… Faith comes by hearing the voice of Jesus.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies. Yet distance makes no difference. He is praying for me.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne



“O believing brethren! What an instrument is this which God hath put into your hands! Prayer moves Him that moves the universe.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“If nothing else will do to sever me from my sins, Lord, send me such sore and trying calamities as shall awake me from earthly slumbers. It must always be best to be alive to Thee, whatever be the quickening instrument.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“Set not your hearts on the flowers of this world. They shall fade and die. Prize the Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the Valley. He changes not! Live nearer to Christ than to any person on this earth; so that when they are taken, you may have Him to love and lean upon.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“Ah! believers, you are a tempted people. You are always poor and needy. And God intends it should be so, to give you constant errands to go to Jesus. Some may say, it is not good to be a believer; but ah! see to whom we can go.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“A man who loves you the most is the man who tells you the most truth about yourself.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“Self-righteousness….is the largest idol of the human heart – the idol which man loves most and God hates most. Dearly beloved, you will always be going back to this idol. You are always trying to be something in yourself, to gain God’s favour by thinking little of your sin, or by looking to your repentance, tears, prayers ; or by looking to your religious exercises, your frames, etc; or by looking to your graces, the Spirit’s work in your heart. Beware of false Christs. Study sanctification to the utmost, but make not a Christ of it.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“Remember, you are not a tree, that can live or stand alone. You are only a branch. And it is only while you abide in Christ, as the branch in the vine, that you will flourish or even live.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“Learn much of the Lord Jesus. For every look at yourself take ten looks at Christ. He is altogether lovely . . . . Live much in the smiles of God. Bask in His beams. Feel His all-seeing eye settled on you in love. And repose in His almighty arms.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“Most of God’s people are contented to be saved from the hell that is without; they are not so anxious to be saved from the hell that is within.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“Remember also, the present is your only time to be saved. There is no believing, no repenting, no conversion in the grave – no minister will speak to you there. This is the time of conversion.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“There is nothing a natural man hates more than prayer.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“Depend upon it, it is God’s Word, not our comment upon God’s Word, that saves souls.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“If Christ justifies you, He will sanctify you! He will not save you and leave you in your sins.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“When old companions, old lusts, and sins crowd in upon you, and when you feel that you are ready to sink, what can save you, sinking sinner ? This alone – I have a high priest in heaven, and he can support in the hour of affliction. This alone can give you peace-I have a high priest in heaven. When you are dying – when friends can do you no good – when sins rise up like spectres around your bed – what can give you peace ? This – “I have a high priest in heaven”.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“For every look at self, take 10 looks at Christ.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“Unfathomable oceans of grace are in Christ for you. Dive and dive again, you will never come to the bottom of these depths. How many millions of dazzling pearls and gems are at this moment hid in the deep recesses of the ocean caves.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“Get your texts from God – your thoughts, your words, from God… It is not great talents God blesses so much as great likeness to Jesus. A holy minister is an awful weapon in the hand of God. A word spoken by you when your conscience is clear, and your heart full of God’s Spirit, is worth ten thousand words spoken in unbelief and sin.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“Rose early to seek God and found Him whom my soul loveth. Who would not rise early to meet such company?” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“There cannot be a secret Christian. Grace is like ointment hid in the hand; it betrayeth itself. If you truly feel the sweetness of the cross of Christ, you will be constrained to confess Christ before men.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“A calm hour with God is worth a whole lifetime with man.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“Do not fear the face of man. Remember how small their anger will appear in eternity.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“I ought to spend the best hours of the day in communion with God. It is my noblest and most fruitful employment, and is not to be thrust into any corner.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“Even in the wildest storms the sky is not all dark; and so in the darkest dealings of God with His children, there are always some bright tokens for good.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“A dark hour makes Jesus bright.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“You will be incomplete Christians if you do not look for the coming again of the Lord Jesus.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne



“I tell you, brethren, if mercies and if judgments do not convert you, God has no other arrows in His quiver.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“Watch against lip religion. Above all abide in Christ and He will abide in you.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“Lord make me as holy as a pardoned sinner can be.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“We must not close with Christ because we feel Him, but
We must not close with Christ because we feel Him, but because God lias said it, and we must take God’s word even in the dark.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“Ah! Believers, you are a tempted people. You are always poor and needy. And God intends it should be so, to give you constant errands to go to Jesus. Some may say, it is not good to be a believer; but ah! see to whom we can go.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne


“Go on, dear brother; but an inch of time remains, and then eternal ages roll on for ever–but an inch on which we can stand and preach the way of salvation to a perishing world.” ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne