The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
To know our sin is the first lesson that a child of God must learn. Salvation is sweet, because of the danger in which sin puts us. The Saviour lived, and bled, and died, to atone for it.
I. The NATURE of sin is twofold — as it exists in the heart, and as it is seen in the act.
II. The EFFECTS of sin are twofold, as the nature of sin was; there is the guilt of sin, and there is its power.
III. The CURE of sin is twofold likewise; its guilt is washed away in the blood of Christ, and its power is broken down by the Holy Ghost. Why, then, should we be afraid to look at our sin, when we have a perfect cure for it? Have you learned to hate sin? It is not enough to hate the sins of others; but you must learn to hate your own, however pleasant they may be to you, and however long you may have practised them. Nor is it enough to fear the punishment of sin, unless you mourn under its guilt, and seek to be freed from its power
(E. Garbett, M. A.)
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