As humbling as it may be

(Gorham Abbott, "The Family at Home", 1833)

"I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom
 of God unless he is born again." John 3:3

As humbling as it may be, it is a truth—that
the loveliest babe that was ever born, and the
most amiable youth that eyes ever beheld—is a
guilty, depraved creature—and must be born
again before it can see the kingdom of God. He
who is old enough to sin, is old enough for hell.