"How strange is the course that a Christian must steer
How perplexed is the path he must tread;
The hope of his happiness — rises from fear,
And his life — he receives from the dead.
His fairest pretensions must wholly be waived,
And his best resolutions be crossed;
Nor can he expect to be perfectly saved,
Until he finds himself, utterly lost.
When all this is done, and his heart is assured
Of the total remission of sins;
When his pardon is signed, and his peace is procured,
From that moment — his conflict begins!"
Adapted from James Smith's "Sons of God"