Remembering Elisabeth Elliot: 15 Memorable Quotes

Oh, what a beautiful reunion in heaven there is today. Elisabeth Elliot, one of the most influential women in our time has died at the age of 88.

A daughter, wife, widow, mother, author, missionary; Elisabeth, through her books, teachings and extraordinary faith, shared the message of Jesus Christ to countless men and women all over the world.

Elisabeth was married to Jim Elliot, who was killed during one of their missions service in Ecuador. Jim's death was a catalyst for Elisabeth's ministry that would inspire and ignite even more worldwide missions to continue to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Elisabeth Elliot's life was one that displayed one of the greatest acts of forgiveness, when two years after her husband was brutally murdered, she and Rachel Saint went to live with the tribe that had speared her husband and four others to death.

The two women studied the tribe’s language and learned their culture. Their demonstration of forgiveness to the men who had murdered their loved ones two years prior, so moved the Waodani, they were given the opportunity to share the greatest story of forgiveness—Jesus Christ’s death on the cross.

You can find quotes by Elisabeth Elliot found in the pages of thousands of devotionals, blogs, and best selling books. Her words have encouraged us, and challenged us, but more importantly her words always pointed us back to the cross of Jesus Christ.

Here are 15 of our favorite and memorable quotes by Elisabeth Elliot:

  1. "Spiritual strongholds begin with a thought. One thought becomes a consideration. A consideration develops into an attitude, which leads then to action. Action repeated becomes a habit, and a habit establishes a "power base for the enemy," that is, a stronghold."

  2. "The Word of God I think of as a straight edge, which shows up our own crookedness. We can't really tell how crooked our thinking is until we line it up with the straight edge of Scripture."
  3. "Discipline, for the Christian, begins with the body. We have only one. It is this body that is the primary material given to us for sacrifice. We cannot give our hearts to God and keep our bodies for ourselves." 
  4. "We must quit bending the Word to suit our situation. It is we who must be bent to that Word, our necks that must bow under the yoke." 
  5. “The fact that I am a woman does not make me a different kind of Christian, but the fact that I am a Christian makes me a different kind of woman.” 
  6. “I have one desire now - to live a life of reckless abandon for the Lord, putting all my energy and strength into it.” 
  7. “We are women, and my plea is Let me be a woman, holy through and through, asking for nothing but what God wants to give me, receiving with both hands and with all my heart whatever that is.”
  8. “I realized that the deepest spiritual lessons are not learned by His letting us have our way in the end, but by His making us wait, bearing with us in love and patience until we are able to honestly pray what He taught His disciples to pray: Thy will be done.”
  9. “God never withholds from His child that which His love and wisdom call good. God's refusals are always merciful -- "severe mercies" at times but mercies all the same. God never denies us our hearts desire except to give us something better.”
  10. "Our vision is so limited we can hardly imagine a love that does not show itself in protection from suffering.... The love of God did not protect His own Son.... He will not necessarily protect us - not from anything it takes to make us like His Son. A lot of hammering and chiseling and purifying by fire will have to go into the process." 
  11. “Waiting on God requires the willingness to bear uncertainty, to carry within oneself the unanswered question, lifting the heart to God about it whenever it intrudes upon one's thoughts.” 
  12. “There is nothing worth living for, unless it is worth dying for.” 
  13. “The will of God is not something you add to your life. It’s a course you choose. You either line yourself up with the Son of God…or you capitulate to the principle which governs the rest of the world.” 

  14. “To be a follower of the Crucified means, sooner or later, a personal encounter with the cross. And the cross always entails loss.”
  15. “Stand true to your calling to be a man. Real women will always be relieved and grateful when men are willing to be men” 

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