(Thomas Sherman, “Aids to the Divine Life–A Series of Practical Christian Contemplations” 1680)
“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” 2 Corinthians 7:10
As sin is the greatest evil–so sorrow for sin is the greatest sorrow.
Godly sorrow in a saint is the greatest sorrow, being that which flows from faith, whereby we see sin to be the greatest evil–as exemplified in the crucified Savior!
True repentance is a continual work. So long as we have sin to repent of–so long we must be repenting of sin.
The believer’s sorrow for sin becomes more evangelical than formerly; for whereas, before there was much of self-love, and fear of wrath and Hell in his mourning; now, having a clear view of the love of God in pardoning him, and of the distinguishing grace and favor of God extended to him–he comes to mourn, loathe, and abase himself more deeply than before, and to melt with filial sorrow before the Lord–that he should act so unworthily and unthankfully towards such a gracious, tender, and loving Father. “Then, when I make atonement for you for all you have done–you will remember and be ashamed.” Ezekiel 16:63
- The believer’s hatred of sin becomes more refined.
- He hates sin on account of its defiling nature–as well as its damning nature!
- He hates sin for the evil that is IN it–as well as for the evil that comes BY it!
- He hates sin not only because it is ruinous–but because it is wicked!