Since God will be my end
Let Him be my beginning.
So that I may now fully live
Instead of falling, straying, sinning.
Our Lord worked with people as they were, and He was patient-not tolerant of sin, but compassionate.
So long as you do not quarrel with sin, you will never be a truly happy man.
John Charles Ryle
One of the misfortunes of our time is that in getting rid of false shame we have killed off so much real shame as well.
Love the sinner, hate the sin? How about: Love the sinner, hate your own sin! I don’t have time to hate your sin. There are too many of you! Hating my sin is a full-time job. How about you hate your sin, I’ll hate my sin and let’s just love each other!
God expects more failure from us than we do from ourselves because God knows who we are. We are not the righteous person who occasionally sins, we are the sinful person who occasionally- by God’s grace- gets it right. When we start from this perspective we are released from the bondage of perfectionism and are able to forgive ourselves once and for all. We are to take our cue from him. We may be disappointed with ourselves but God is not. We may feel like condemning ourselves, but God does not.
James Bryan Smith
It is one thing for sin to live in us; it is another for us to live in sin.
God sent me 1,000 hints that he didn’t want me to keep doing what I was doing. But I didn’t listen, so he set off a nuclear bomb.
We put ourselves there. The door to hell is locked from the inside.
James A. Pike
The story is told of a church that secured a new preacher, and the word spread around town about how well he preached. The church members were abuzz about what an improvement he was over their former preacher, and how much more attention they gave to his sermons. When the town cynic asked what made this new preacher so much better than his predecessor, he was told, “The old preacher told us that we’re all sinners, and that if we didn’t repent, we’d burn in hell forever!” This cynic then asked, “And what does this new one say?” The answer was, “That we’re all sinners, and that if we don’t repent, we’ll burn in hell forever!” When the cynic responded that he didn’t see any difference between the two of them, he was told, “This new preacher says it with tears in his eyes.”
Creation had been given to men as a clean window through which the light of God could shine into men’s souls. Sun and moon, night and day, rain, the sea, the crops, the flowering tree, all these things were transparent. They spoke to man not of themselves only but of Him who made them. Nature was symbolic. But the progressive degradation of man after the fall led the Gentiles further and further from this truth. Nature became opaque.
The greatest wonder that I ever heard of is that God should ever justify me. I feel myself to be a lumpy of unworthiness, a mass of corruption, and a heap of sin apart from His almighty love. I know and am fully assured that I am justified by faith which is in Christ Jesus, and I am treated as if I had been perfectly just and made an heir of God and a joint-heir with Christ. And yet, by nature I must take my place among the most sinful. I, who am altogether undeserving, am treated as if I had been deserving. I am loved with as much love as if I had always been Godly, whereas before I was ungodly. Who can help being astonished at this? Gratitude for such favor stands dressed in robes of wonder.
Charles H. Spurgeon
Sin cannot be reduced to manageable proportions.
Pray for a strong and lively sense of sin; the greater the sense of sin, the less sin.
It would seem, after having been a Christian for almost 80 years, that I would no longer do ugly things that need forgiving. Yet I am constantly doing things to others that cause me to have to go back and ask their forgiveness. Sometimes these are things I actually do- other times they are simply attitudes I let creep in which break the circle of God’s perfect love.
Corrie ten Boom
Ah! the bridge of grace will bear your weight, brother. Thousands of big sinners have gone across that bridge, yea, tens of thousands have gone over it. I can hear their trampings now as they traverse the great arches of the bridge of salvation. They come by their thousands, by their myriads; e’er since the day when Christ first entered into His glory, they come, and yet never a stone has sprung in that mighty bridge. Some have been the chief of sinners, and some have come at the very last of their days, but the arch has never yielded beneath their weight. I will go with them trusting to the same support; it will bear me over as it has borne them.
C. H. Spurgeon
Gossip is the art of confessing other people’s sins.
Oh, how horrible our sins look when they are committed by someone else.
We are all fallen creatures and all very hard to live with.
C. S. Lewis
Since 3600 BC the world has known only 292 years of peace. In that period, stretching more than 55 centuries, there have been an incredible 14,531 wars in which over 3.6 billion people have been killed.
John Ankerberg and John Weldon
Strange, though I am saved from sin, I am not saved from sinning.
We must be watchful, especially in the beginning of the temptation. The enemy is then more easily overcome, if he is not permitted in any wise to enter the door of our hearts, but is resisted without the gate at his first knock…First there comes to the mind a bare thought of evil, then a strong imagination thereof, afterward delight, and an evil motion, and then consent. And so little by little our wicked enemy gets complete entrance, because he is not resisted in the beginning. And the longer a man is slow to resist, so much the weaker does he become daily in himself, and the enemy stronger against him.
Thomas a Kempis
As the salt flavors every drop in the Atlantic, so does sin affect every atom of our nature.
We are not sinners because we sin; we sin because we are sinners.
R. C. Sproul
To be sensible of our corruption and abhor our own transgressions is the first symptom of spiritual health.
J. C. Ryle
Jesus went through an unfair trial in our place so that we would not have to face a fair trial and receive the well-deserved punishment for our sins.
Life Application Study Bible
The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works. Augustine
The saints are the sinners who keep on trying.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Some people confess a sin a thousand times, I tell them to confess it once, then thank God a thousand times for forgiving them.
Don’t try to deal with sin, for you are sure to lose. Deal with Christ; let him deal with your sin and you are sure to win.