Excerpt from Letters to a Young Christian
Another great difficulty with me was, that I had not correct ideas of what is implied in the life of faith. I understood very well that heaven was not to be purchased with penances, or merited by good works. Yet the spirit of legality lingered long in my heart, unperceived. I used to think it a mark of humility for a Christian to have doubts and fears about the reality of his conversion. If I happened to hear one speak with confidence as to his good estate, I thought it savored of self-complacency, and when that Christian could say with David, My soul shall make her boast in the Lord, it seemed to me that he was making his boast in himself.
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