how to respond to sin

John Owen’s thoughts on how to respond to sin.

Look on him whom you have pierced, and let it trouble you. Say to your soul, ‘What have I done? What love, what mercy, what blood, what grace have I despised and trampled on! Is this how I pay back the Father for his love? Is this how I thank the Son for his blood? Is this how I respond to the Holy Spirit for his grace? Have I defiled the heart that Christ died to wash, and the Holy Spirit has chosen to dwell in? How can I keep myself out of the dust? What can I say to the dear Lord Jesus? How shall I hold up my head with any boldness before him? Do I count fellowship with him of so little value that, for this vile lust’s sake, I have hardly left him any room in my heart? How shall I escape if I neglect so great salvation?’

What shall I say to the Lord? His love, mercy, grace, goodness, peace, joy, consolation–I have despised all of them! I have considered them as nothing, that I might harbor lust in my heart. Have I seen God as my Father, that I might provoke him to his face? Was my soul washed that there might be room for new defilements? Shall I seek to disappoint the purpose of the death of Christ? Shall I grieve the Holy Spirit, who sealed me unto the day of redemption?Allow your conscience to consider these things every day. (John Owen, Mortification of Sin, 78-79)


Let your heart be gripped by those thoughts today, and let them change how you respond to your sin.

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