Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Mortifying Sin

I recently read Brian G. Hedges' book, Licensed to Kill, where the author looks at what it means to "mortify sin," why we should do it, and how to do it. There are so many great quotes I could give you from this book. I would highly recommend it to every Christian. I think it's a book I will need to review often. The quote below, though, is one worth mulling over. Read it slowly, and take time to think about each of the points. You'll be glad you did.

  • When you meditate on the mercy and compassion of Christ, the mighty Maker who died in your place...
  • When you remember that your ransom was purchased at the price of His precious blood...
  • When you consider the cost of the gifts you have received through the cross - wisdom, righteousness, holiness, sonship, redemption, and future resurrection to glory forever...
  • When you reflect on the salvation and safety that your Brother, your Captain, and your King has secured for you...
  • When you realize that God is more satisfied with Jesus' obedience than He was grieved by your sins...
  • When you ponder the pain and the shame of the scourging and scoffing, the spitting and mocking, the crown of thorns and the nails in His hands, and all the cruel wounds He received on your behalf...
  • When you understand that you are not only acquitted but accepted as fully righteous in God's sight, perfect in the eyes of the law, because the full measure of divine wrath was poured out on Jesus for you, and His obedience has been counted as yours...
  • When your heart is filled with the glories of His triumph over Satan, sin, and death...
  • When your affections are captured anew by the self-sacrificing love of the Lord and Lover of your soul...
... then you will discover that the stranglehold of sin on your heart has grown weaker, that sin is less alluring, and that your fallen desires have been displaced by desires for God, His glory, and His grace.

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