Why is a topic of such great importance not more ... heeded? Does the mere length of it scare off some? Or is it the content? Real questions...
What I did find and hopefully by way of encouragement, reading back through all this was a sense of excitement building up within. That this is attainable ... today. What more do our hearts long for than to be well pleasing in His sight, to feel the Lords approval despite the uncanny and unbelievable (careful there...) possibility that that is. It is there, waiting for us to basically just ... co-operate, to both give up and get up! That great paradoxical mystery that we find help in our infirmities. The thing can be done! And better yet, if and when (today would be a good start) we get going in this tremendous matter, who gets the glory for it? What could be more purely ultimate than to be able to truly apprehend this passage that I awoke to this morning;
To be sure, there must be some going down into those areas of serious contemplation, of things that need to be dealt with, before coming up. But let us not fear that and let us not fear being Holy because of all the misconceptions and misunderstandings that either we have caught by tradition, by outward show, by the fear of man, by even the fear of failure ... remember that is yet 'tomorrow' even if it is in the next hour.
A holy man will follow after purity of heart.
And This I do boldly and confidently say, that true holiness is a great reality. It is something in a man that can be seen, and known, and marked, and felt by all around him. It is light: if it exists, it will show itself. It is salt: if it exists, its savour will be perceived. It is a precious ointment: if it exists, its presence cannot be hid.
Thankyou for posting this. I am currently printing it off to read.I read the other artical posted from Ryle. Special Rules for young men, and that had a great affect on me.