(J.C. Ryle, “The Cross of Christ!”)
“May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world!” Galatians 6:14
Look at the cross, think of the cross, meditate on the cross — and then go and set your affections on the world if you can!
I believe that holiness is nowhere learned so well as on Calvary.
I believe you cannot look much at the cross — without feeling your will sanctified, and your tastes made more spiritual.
As the sun gazed upon makes everything else look dark and dim — so does the cross darken the false splendor of this world. As the taste of honey makes all other things seem to have no taste at all — so does the cross seen by faith, take all the sweetness out of the pleasures of the world.