From The Happy Christian by David Murray:
- When I feel my sinfulness, I'm much more motivated to search the Scriptures for grace to help in my time of need.
- When I'm convicted of my sin, I doubt my wisdom and rely more on the Holy Spirit.
- When I see my sin, I understand the character of God better--His frightening holiness and His refreshing love.
- When I'm confronted with my sinful inability, I have no doubts about my need of God's grace.
- When I grasp how bad my best deeds are, salvation by faith without works becomes fascinating and utterly compelling.
- When I'm utterly condemned, all new perspectives on justification look ridiculous, and I get a far deeper insight into the old but ever new perspective of justification by faith alone.
- When I mourn my spiritual deadness, the resurrection of Christ is not only a doctrine but my only source of life.
- When I sense my immeasurable guilt, I have no difficulty whatsoever in grasping the existence and eternality of hell.
- When I absorb the enormity of my spiritual enmity, substitution is no longer a theory of the atonement but my only and enthralling hope.
- When I see the untrustworthiness of my heart and mind, the inerrancy of Scripture becomes a matter of life or death.
- When I perceive the deceitfulness of my heart, I understand so much better how to minister the Word to other similar hearts.
- When I behold the ugliness and vileness of my sin, my eyes are opened to behold more of the glory and beauty of Christ. (223-224)
His conclusion also includes a long list of "good results" that come from having one's sins repented of and forgiven!!! I urge you to seek out this book for yourself!
© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible