Posted by: austend | Thursday, March 19, 2009

Can We Continue in Sin?

Bishop Ryle always has poignant things to say.  This quote arrested my attention the other day:

“If you love Me, keep My commandments….You are My friends if you do whatever I command you” (John 14:15, 15:14).  Plainer words than these it would be difficult to find, and woe to those who neglect them!  Surely that man must be in an unhealthy state of soul who can think of all that Jesus suffered, and yet cling to those sins for which that suffering was undergone.  It was sin that wove the crown of thorns; it was sin that pierced our Lord’s hands, and feet, and side; it was sin that brought Him to Gethsemane and Calvary, to the cross, and to the grave.  Cold must our hearts be if we do not hate sin and labor to get rid of it, though we may have to cut off the right hand and pluck out the right eye in doing it.

Sin certainly is appealing, but can we honestly sin when we are thinking of what Christ did to redeem us from that sin?  Yes it will hurt us to rid our lives of hardened sins that we like so much, but for the love of the Savior, is that too much to ask of us?  Can we really continue in habitual sin, knowing how great a cost Christ paid to win us?  God help us not to do so!

Quotation taken from J.C. Ryle’s amazing book Holiness {here}.

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