Holy Spirit, Sanctification

Clinging to Our Torments

It is one of the great mysteries of the hold of sin that we cling so tenaciously to those vices that most grieve and torture us — resentment, unhappiness, jealousy, vengeance, anxiety, bitterness, covetousness, pessimism, and unbelief.

Our fist-clenched grasp on these self-destructive sins is almost a form of masochism. We cherish them despite the deep torment they bring to us because we find in them a perverse security, though they will eventually destroy us.

To surrender these agonizing, grievous, self-harming sins is a form of death.

That death-to-life is precisely what a robust, victorious Christianity offers.


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