Sunday, August 26, 2018

Flavel: the evil of sin

Sunday, August 26, 2018
    No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.
    —1 John 3:6 (NIV)
    O the depth of the evil of sin! If ever you will see how great and horrid an evil sin is, measure it in your thoughts, either by the infinite holiness and excellency of God, who is wrong’d by it; or by the infinite sufferings of Christ, who died to satisfy for it; and then you will have deeper apprehensions of the evil of sin.
    ... John Flavel (1628-1691), Serm. XIV from The Fountain of Life [1671], in The Whole Works of the Reverend Mr. John Flavel, v. I, Paisley: A. Weir and A. McLean, 1770, p. 199 (see the book)
    See also Lev. 20:26; Song of Solomon 2:15; Ps. 99:9; John 3:20; Rom. 7:13; Heb. 12:1; 1 Pet. 1:10-11; 4:1; 1 John 3:6
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I fear to know the extent of my sin.
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