"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 have remained in prison forever, 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, Foundations of Faith