A Devotional Thought for December 2, 2016:

When you hear someone compliment another person as wise or good, then at last come in with a “but” that dashes all, you know he is no friend but some sly enemy who, by seeming to commend the person, really desires to discredit him. And so, when you find God represented to you as merciful and gracious, “but” not to such a great sinner as you; strong and mighty, “but” not able to save someone like you, you can say, ‘Be gone, Satan, your speech betrays you. This is not a message sent to me by the Lover of my soul!’

-William Gurnall (The Christian in Complete Armour, 1655)