“Though your efforts for good have been unsuccessful ninety-nine times, and you received only insult, reproach, and hate, yet if the one-hundredth time proves a success, and one soul is saved, oh, what a victory is achieved! One soul wrenched from Satan’s grasp, one soul benefited, one soul encouraged. This will a thousand times repay you for all your efforts."
Volume 2, Testimonies, page 31
What if that one lost soul were your child? your spouse? or you? How earnest would you wish the pursuer to be?
"If we would let our hearts be impressed with the following important words, and ever bear them in mind, we should not so easily fall into temptation and our words would be few and well chosen: ‘He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.’ ‘Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.’ ‘Thou God seest me.’"
Early Writings, page 112