Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Godly sorrow produces repentance that leads to salvation and brings no regret, but the sorrow of the world produces death.
— 2 Corinthians 7:1,10, MEV
In giving his only begotten Son to die for sinners, God has manifested to fallen man love that is without a parallel.
The Creator loves his creatures, but he who loves sin more than righteousness, error more than truth, perpetuates the transgression that brought woe into our world... we shall feel that as sinners we must lay hold of the merits of Christ and cease to sin. Then we are drawing nigh to God. As soon as we have a correct view of the love of God, we shall have no disposition to abuse it.
It is highly proper for us to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God. It is natural for us to think more highly of ourselves than we ought to think; but although it is painful for us to know ourselves as we really are, yet we should pray that God will reveal us to ourselves, even as he sees us. But we should not cease to pray when we have simply asked for a revelation of ourselves; we should pray that Jesus may be revealed to us as a sin-pardoning Saviour. When we see Jesus as he is, earnest desires should awaken in our hearts to be rid of self, that we may be filled with all the fullness of Christ.
We can learn the depths of our transgression only by the length of the chain let down to draw us up. We should put our mental powers to the task to understand the fearful ruin to which sin has brought us, and we should seek to understand the divine plan by which we may be restored to the favor of God. That God’s dear Son should have come to our world to fight our battles for us that we might have strength to conquer in his name, should ever humble our proud hearts.
The sanctified soul will not be content to remain in ignorance, but will desire to walk in the light and to seek for greater light... There is truth in Jesus that is full of soothing joy to the obedient. It is the joy of the Holy Ghost. Be persuaded, then, to open the mind and heart, that you may see every ray of light shining from the throne of God. This is no time to be indifferent and careless and pleasure-loving. Christ is coming with power and great glory. Are you ready?
— The Review and Herald, June 17, 1890
Although it is painful, pray that God will reveal yourself to you as He sees you. Seek to be rid of self that you may be filled with all the fullness of Christ.
Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God praying that Jesus will reveal Himself to you as your sin-pardoning Saviour.
Think about the fearful ruin that sin has brought. Seek God’s dear son to fight your battles and give you strength to conquer in His name
Open your mind and heart to the truth in Jesus that is full of the joy of the Holy Ghost. Seek every ray of light shining from the throne of God.