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Dying to sin

I'm buried underneath the printed word. I have a lot of reading I would like to get done today.  I am behind in my reading from A Quest for Godliness, mostly because I'm in the home stretch of Kevin DeYoung's The Good News We Almost Forgot.  Tomorrow, I'm giving it back to its owner, so I'm going to be a little tardy with my usual Tuesday church history post.

I did find this bit from DeYoung quite good.  This is from the chapter "Dying Away and Coming to Life," which addresses Lord's Day 33 from the Heidelberg Catechism:

Dying to our old self entails three things.  First, we are sorry for our sins.  We see the foolishness of our ways and regret our choices.  Second, we hate our sins more and more.  It is one thing to feel bad following the repercussions for some action.  It is another thing to actually hate our sin and hate it more each day - not just because of the bad consequences it brings but because of its offensiveness before God (Ps. 51:4).  It's not enough to grit our teeth and do "the right thing" because we fear the repercussions of doing otherwise.  We must see the vileness of sin and detest it. Third we run away from our sin.  Too often, we think that regretting a past mistake or saying we're sorry for some offense is all that repentance requires.  But true repentance involves a change, putting our old ways behind us and walking in a ifferent direction (2 Cor. 7:10).  We are frequently content with mere talk - talk about how sory we are, talk about how rotten we are, talk about how bad our sins are.  This is all well and good, but the last time I checked we are cale to "put to death the deeds of the body," not merely complain about them (Rom. 8:12-13).  We have not really repented if we are only stirred but not changed.

I like how DeYoung points out the distinction between feeling bad because of the consequences of our sin as opposed to regretting the offense it gives to God.  I look back to the days of parenting young children and I really see that I missed the boat on that one, because I did not point that out enough.  I don't think I even realized that most of the time, my kids were really sorry because of the consequences.  Then, I realized that I am probably just like that myself.  I think the key to hating our sin is to see it more for the offense it is to God than it is something that makes people unhappy with us.

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