An almost boundless capacity of wickedness

(J. C. Ryle, "The Gospel of Luke" 1858)

But Peter said, "Man, I don't know what you
are talking about." And as soon as he said
these words, the rooster crowed. Luke 22:60

The best and highest believer is a poor
weak creature
, even at his best times.

Whether he knows it or not, he carries within him
an almost boundless capacity of wickedness
however fair and decent his outward conduct may

There is no enormity of sin into which he
may not run
, if he does not watch and pray,
and if the grace of God does not hold him up.

When we read the falls of Noah, Lot, and
Peter, we only read what might possibly
befall any of ourselves!

Let us never presume.

Let us never indulge in high thoughts about
our own strength, or look down upon others.

Whatever else we pray for, let us daily
pray that we may walk humbly with God.

"Hold me up, and I shall be safe!" Ps. 119:117