The High Road Starts Low

He that desires to be saved…let him know this day that the first steps toward heaven are a deep sense of sin and a lowly estimate of ourselves. Let him cast away that weak and silly tradition that the beginning of religion is to feel ourselves “good.” Let him rather grasp that grand scriptural principle that we must begin by feeling “bad”; and that until we feel really “bad,” we know nothing of true goodness or saving Christianity. Happy is he who has learned to draw near to God with the prayer of the publican, “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).

– J.C. Ryle, Holiness.

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