Thankful for this Watson

The Puritan named Thomas Watson is a wonderful author. Here are some quotes from his book ”The Doctrine of Repentance”.

“Under a veil a deformed face is hid. Persons are veiled over with ignorance and self-love; therefore they see not what deformed souls they have. The devil does with them as the falconer with the hawk. He blinds them and carries them hooded to hell.”

In speaking of true sorrow unto repentance…

“The salt water of tears kills the worm of conscience.”

“Godly sorrow shows itself to be ingenuous because when a Christian knows that he is out of gun-shot of hell and shall never be damned, yet still he grieves for sinning against the free grace which has pardoned him.”

Concerning sincerity of confession of sin, or rather insincerity…

“How many confess pride and covetousness with their lips but roll them as honey under their tongue.”

Concerning the necessity of confession unto God of our darkest secret sins…

“Those iniquities which men hide in their hearts shall be written one day on their foreheads as with the point of a diamond. They who will not confess their sin as David did, that they may be pardoned, shall confess their sin as Achan did, that they may be stoned.”

“When men commit sin they are the devil’s servants; when they plead for it they are the devil’s attorneys, and he will give them a fee.”

Seeing continuing in sin as unthankfulness…

“…to make an arrow of God’s mercies and shoot at him, to wound him with his own blessing! O horrid ingratitude!”

One more for now…

“To the godly sin is as a thorn in the eye; to the wicked it is as a crown on the head.”

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