What Is Proper Motivation For Mortifying Sin?


According to John Owen:

We must hate all sin, as sin, and not just that which troubles us. [therefore] Love for Christ, because He went to the Cross, and hate for sin that sent Him there, is the solid foundation for true spiritual mortification.

The Mortification of Sin.

Reading this gets me thinking: How often am I motivated to fight sin merely because it makes me feel “guilty”?

I should, however, be motivated by the fact that my sins caused Jesus to be beaten, bloodied, and crucified on my behalf.


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