The first essential mark of the difference between true and false assurance is to be found in the fact that true assurance works humility. If there is utter humility, you have the sign of the true spirit. A great deal of perfectionism is rotten to the core. All self-consciousness is of the very essence and nature of sin. Then, again, true confidence leads necessarily to
“…a man who really has the love of God in his heart is always reaching forward to the things which are before.”
strong desires for more knowledge and more holiness, for unceasing advances of grace. But a man who really has the love of God in his heart is always reaching forward to the things which are before. The more he loves, the more he wants to love, the more he is consecrated, the more consecration he longs for. He has grand ideas and grand aims, but they lie beyond him in heaven.