If you think to get to heaven without trouble you are mistaken! It will cost you many a struggle! That depraved heart will bleed before it will relinquish sin! It must break before it will be bound up and healed by the balm of Gilead! Salvation is indeed free; the blood that bought it flowed freely from the offered heart of the Son of God. Pardon is easy, but the repentance and faith that embrace it must surmount many obstacles. Never was striving more requisite than in a sinner with a wicked heart and in a wicked world, endeavoring to lay hold on eternal life!
Taken from the book Practical Sermons by Ichabod Spencer 1798-1854