Friday, August 28, 2009

In the Woodshed with John Owen

While sitting in the men's study this morning...

"If you hate sin as sin, and every evil way, you would be watchful against everything that grieves and disquiets the Spirit of God. You would not be concerned only about the sin that upsets your own soul! It is evident that you fight against this sin merely because it troubles you. If it did not bother your conscience you would let it alone. If it did not bother you, you would not bother it. Do you think that the Holy Spirit will help you in the treachery and falsehood of your own spirit? Do you think he will free you from this so you are free to go and commit another sin which grieves him?"

John Owen, The Mortification of Sin, 51.

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