True Christian living in the world
("Golden Thoughts" 1879)
"Do not love the world, or anything in the world!" 1 John 2:15
True Christian living in the world, is like a ship sailing on the ocean. It is not the ship being in the water which will sink it — but the water getting into the ship! So, in like manner, the Christian is not ruined by living in the world, which he must do while he remains in the body — but by the world living in him.
The world in the heart has ruined millions of immortal souls!
How careful is the mariner to guard against leakage, lest the water entering into the vessel should, by imperceptible degrees, cause the vessel to sink; and ought not the Christian to watch and pray, lest Satan and the world should find some unguarded inlet to his heart?
"Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life." Proverbs 4:23