Quotes about sin

Every man, not very holy or very arrogant, has to ‘live up to’ the outward appearance of other men: he knows there is that within him which falls far below even his most careless public behaviour, even his loosest talk. In an instant of time—while your friend hesitates for a word—what things pass through your mind? We have never told the... read more


We must be holy, because this is the one grand end and purpose for which Christ came into the world… Jesus is a complete Saviour. He does not merely take away the guilt of a believer’s sin, he does more—he breaks its power.

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Sin not only causes me to respond sinfully to suffering, it causes me to respond sinfully to blessing. The smart kid teases the dumb kid. The athlete makes fun of the kid with two left feet. Something is so wrong inside us that we can’t even handle blessing properly

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I myself am quite happy to recite the General Confession in church and call myself a ‘miserable sinner’. It causes me no great problem. I can take it in my stride. But let somebody else come up to me after church and call me a miserable sinner, and I want to punch him on the nose! In other words, I am not prepared to allow other people to th... read more


Depend upon it, when the saints say that they—even they—are vile, they are recording truth with scientific accuracy

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We have a strange illusion that mere time cancels sin. I have heard others, and I have heard myself, recounting cruelties and falsehoods committed in boyhood as if they were no concern of the present speaker’s, and even with laughter. But mere time does nothing either to the fact or to the guilt of a sin. The guilt is washed out not by tim... read more


The Christian life still entails obedience. It still involves a fight. But it’s a fight we’ll win. You have the Spirit of Christ in your corner, rubbing your shoulders, holding the bucket, putting his arm around you and saying before the next round with sin, “You’re going to knock him out, kid.” Sin may get in some good jab... read more


People who love sin fear and sometimes weep over the consequences of sin. It is natural to hate pain. It is supernatural to hate sin. It is natural to love sin and supernatural to love Christ

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