Particular Directions for Mortification III

Load Your Conscience
with the Guilt of Sin

Part 4 of 10 of “On the Mortification of Sin in Believers”

Bring your sin to the gospel—not for relief, but for further conviction of its guilt; look on him whom you have pierced. Pray this:

“What have I done? What love, what mercy, what blood, what grace have I despised and trampled on! Is this the return I make to the Father for his love, to the Son for his blood, to the Holy Ghost for his grace? Do I thus repay the Lord? Have I defiled the heart that Christ died to wash; that the blessed Spirit has chosen to dwell in? And 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 consider communion with him of so little value, that for this vile sin’s sake I have hardly left him any room in my heart? How shall I escape if I neglect so great a salvation? In the meantime, what shall I say to the Lord? Love, mercy, grace, goodness, peace, joy, consolation—I have despised them all, and have esteemed them as trivial things, so that I could harbor sin in my heart. Have I obtained a view of God’s fatherly countenance just so that I could behold his face and provoke him to his face? Was my soul washed just so that room could be made for new defilements? Shall I endeavor to ruin the goal of the death of Christ? Shall I daily grieve the Spirit who has sealed me to the day of redemption?”

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