“Forgiven souls are humble. They cannot forget that they owe all they have and hope for to free grace, and this keeps them lowly. They are brands plucked from the fire – debtors who could not pay for themselves – captives who must have remained in prison for ever, but for undeserved mercy – wandering sheep who were ready to perish when the Shepherd found them; and what right then have they to be proud?
I do not deny that there are proud saints. But this I do say – they are, of all God’s creatures, the most inconsistent, and of all God’s children the most likely to stumble and pierce themselves with many sorrows.”
– J.C. Ryle – (Of First Importance)