Now assurance goes far to set a child of God free. It enables him to feel that the great business of life is a settled business. The great debt a paid debt. The great disease a healed disease. And the great work a finished work. And all other business, diseases, debts, and works are then by comparison small. In this way assurance makes him patient in tribulation. Calm under bereavements. Unmoved in sorrow. Not afraid of evil tidings. In every condition content. For it gives him a fixedness of heart. It sweetens his bitter cups. It lessens the burden of his crosses. It smooths the rough places over which he travels. And it lightens the valley of the shadow of death. It makes him feel that he always has something solid beneath his feet and something firm under his hand. A sure friend by the way and a sure home at the end.
—J. C. Ryle, b. May 10, 1816 – d. June 10, 1900, he was the first Anglican bishop of Liverpool