The Christian Ministry by Charles Bridges

But perhaps our chief burden lies in the recollection, that, like our master, we are set for “the fall and rising again of many in Israel.” For if it be joyous to convert, how afflicting to harden, by our ministry!—specially in the fear, that the more lively its energy for conversion, in the same proportion is its influence for judicial condemnation. And though even “in them that perish;” we are a sweet savor of Christ, yet under the sinking pressure we can but sympathize with the cry of the apostle—‘Who is sufficient for these things?” Charles Bridges

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