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Friday, December 07, 2007

A Sea Of Sin - And Not A Drop Of Sorrow!

Another quote from Thomas Watson in a message entitled, A Divine Cordial preached in 1663.

"One sign of genuine love to God—is grief for sin. Where there is love to God—there is a grieving for our sins of unkindness against Him. A child who loves his father, cannot but weep for offending him. The heart which burns in love—melts in tears. 'Oh! that I should abuse the love of so dear a Savior! Shall I give Him more gall and vinegar to drink! How disloyal and hypocritical have I been! How have I grieved His Spirit, trampled upon His royal commands, and slighted His blood!'

This opens a vein of godly sorrow, and makes the heart bleed afresh. 'He went out, and wept bitterly!' That Peter should deny Christ after he had received such amazing love from Him—this broke his heart with grief! 'He went out, and wept bitterly!'

By this, let us test our love to God. Do we shed the tears of godly sorrow? Do we grieve for our unkindness against God, our abuse of His mercy, our non-improvement the talents which He has given us?

How far are they from loving God—who sin daily, and their hearts never smite them! They have a sea of sin—and not a drop of sorrow! They are so far from being troubled, that they make merry with their sins. ' . . . . when thou doest evil, then thou rejoicest!' (Jer. 11:15). Oh wretch! Did Christ bleed for sin—and do you laugh at it!"
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