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When sin is your burden, Christ will be your delight.

    Topics: Sin

Sin has the devil for its father, shame for its companion, and death for its wages.

    Topics: Sin, Satan

To sin because mercy abounds is the devil's logic; he that sins because of God's mercy, shall have judgment without mercy. Mercy is not for them that sin and fear not, but for them that fear and sin not.

    Topics: Sin, Mercy, Satan

Godly sorrow shows itself to be ingenuous because when a Christian knows that he is out of the gun-shot of hell and shall never be damned, yet still he grieves for sinning against that free grace which has pardoned him.

    Topics: Sin, Grace
    Source: The Doctrine of Repentance

It argues more grace to grieve for the sins of others than for our own. We may grieve for our own sins out of fear of hell, but to grieve for the sins of others is from a principle of love to God.

    Topics: Sin
    Source: A Puritan Golden Treasury

Little sins unrepented of will damn thee as well as greater. Not only great rivers fall into the sea, but little brooks; not only greater sins carry men to hell, but lesser; therefore do not think pardon easy because sin is small.

    Topics: Sin, Hell
    Source: A Puritan Golden Treasury

The sins of the godly are worse than others, because they bring a greater reproach upon religion. For the wicked to sin, there is no other expected from them; swine will wallow in the mire; but when sheep do so, when the godly sin, that redounds to the dishonour of the Gospel: "By this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme."

    Topics: Sin
    Source: A Puritan Golden Treasury

We are to find as much bitterness in weeping for sin as we ever found sweetness in committing it.

    Topics: Sin, Bitterness

The godly have some good in them, therefore the devil afflicts them; and some evil in them, therefore God afflicts them.

    Topics: Suffering

The flesh inclines us more to believe a temptation than a promise.

    Topics: Temptation

The devil tempts, that he may deceive; but God suffers us to be tempted, to try us. Temptation is a trial of our sincerity.

    Topics: Temptation, Deception
    Source: A Puritan Golden Treasury

There is a great deal of difference between falling into a temptation, and running into a temptation. The falling into a temptation shall work for good, not the running into it. He that falls into a river is capable of help and pity, but he that desperately turns into it is guilty of his own death.

    Topics: Temptation
    Source: A Puritan Golden Treasury

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