Won over to a gentle Savior

‘When you look at the glorious older saints in your church, how do you think they got there? Sound doctrine, yes. Resolute obedience, without a doubt. Suffering without becoming cynical, for sure. But maybe another reason, maybe the deepest reason, is that they have, over time, been won over in their deepest affections to a gentle Savior. Perhaps they have simply tasted, over many years, the surprise of a Christ for whom their very sins draw him in rather than push him away. Maybe they have not only known that Jesus loved them but felt it.’

-Dane Ortlund, Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers, p. 99.

(GSiV: ; Grace; Ân điển, chứ không phải những quy tắc / Grace not rules; Earning vs effort: grace, justification, and sanctification; Gospel Grace Versus Dead Religion–part 6; Ray Ortlund)