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Sorrow for Sin


Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.

—Luke 13:3

David Clarkson lists three characteristics of genuine repentance: sorrow for sin, hatred of sin, and turning from sin to Christ. On sorrow for sin, he writes,


He never truly repented, who has not been more grieved for his sins than for his sufferings, Luke xiv. 26 . . . he that loves not these less than me, &c. Now sorrow is a sign of love, proportionable to it. He that mourns more for the loss of these than losing, dishonouring Christ, loves these more than Christ. And such are unworthy of Christ, are in a state incapable of any benefit by Christ, an impenitent state. Thus no true repentance, where is not more sorrow for sin, than for any affliction has befallen, or you can imagine may befall.

—David Clarkson, Of Repentance, Works (Banner of Truth, 1988), 1:34.

Are you more grieved over your offenses against God than over the consequences to yourself? Am I? This is a measure of the genuineness of our repentance.

Posted 2017·08·18 by David Kjos
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