A very common supposition
(John Angell James, "Christian Love" 1828)
It is a very common supposition that it is
an easy thing to be a Christian. And if to be
a Christian were nothing more than . . .
going to a place of worship,
indulging in pious emotions,
subscribing to religious institutions, and
professing certain religious opinions,
--the supposition would be correct--for
nothing is more easy than all this!
But if the spirit of true piety is . . .
poverty of spirit,
forgiveness of insults,
patience under provocation,
thirsting after righteousness,
--then must it be obvious to everyone who knows
his own heart, that to be a true Christian is the
most difficult thing in the world!