Lent and Lifelong, Universal Mortification

“Every unmortified sin will certainly do two things — [1] It will weaken the soul, and deprive it of it vigour.  [2] It will darken the soul, and deprive it of its comfort and peace.”

Without sincerity and diligence in a universality of obedience, there is no mortification of any one perplexing lust to be obtained . . . Hatred of sin as sin, not only as galling or disquieting, a sense of the love of Christ in the cross, lie at the bottom of all true spiritual mortification.”

John Owen, On the Mortification of Sin in Believers

As you do or do not participate in Lent this year, understand that mortification of sin in our lives is a daily necessity and a lifelong reality.

May God grant us the grace to put to death what is earthly in us (Colossians 3:5)!

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