…it seems necessary to re-establish the basic principle that no one can help anyone without becoming involved, without entering with his whole person into the painful situation, without taking the risk of becoming hurt, wounded or even destroyed in the process. The beginning and the end of all Christian leadership is to give your life for others. Thinking about martyrdom can be an escape unless we realize that real martyrdom means a witness that starts with the willingness to cry with those who cry, laugh with those who laugh, and to make one’s own painful and joyful experiences available as sources of clarification and understanding.

Who can save a child from a burning house without taking the risk of being hurt by the flames? Who can listen to a story of loneliness and despair without taking the risk of experiencing similar pains in his own heart and even losing his precious peace of mind? In short: “Who can take away suffering without entering it?”

Henri Nouwen, The Wounded Healer (via mon-jardinsecret)

Rock of ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy riven side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Cleanse me from its guilt and power.

Augustus Toplady

…all our modern knowledge and scientific interest do not tell us anything about the vital questions. All the advances in knowledge have not added anything to my knowledge of man himself. They have not told me anything new about the soul; they have not shown me at all how to live, how to avoid sin, how to be pure and moral and clean.

They fail to help you know how to live when things go wrong, and you have nothing to fall back on. When your loved one dies, how does your science help you? When you are on your own death bed, where does your scientific knowledge come in? And how will it help you on the Day of Judgment when you stand before God and have to give an account of yourself as a living soul, as one who was created in the image of God and who had an opportunity of hearing the message concerning the kingdom? Tell me— where will it be then?

Martyn Lloyd-Jones The Kingdom of God

[Now that I have received Christ] not only are my sins forgiven, I know that I am in this new relationship. I am not only forgiven, I have become a child of God, even as I am; He has adopted me into His family. And if you do not feel that you are happy because of that, then you do not know anything about Christianity.

Martyn Lloyd-Jones The Kingdom of God

I am no longer filled with a craven fear of God. He is no longer to me some tyrant waiting to pounce on me and to damn me and to hurl me to hell. He is my loving Father who loved me with an everlasting love, with such a love as to send His only Son to die on the Cross for me. And the moment I realize that I am at peace with Him.

Lloyd-Jones

You may decide to be good for the rest of your life but it will not save you; you can try to imitate Him, it will damn you all the more. You must come as a helpless, hopeless, sinner and cast yourself at His feet and look into His face.

Martyn Lloyd-Jones from The Kingdom of God