Spurgeon on Self-Righteousness and Contrition


Just slipping off to bed this evening, ending the day with a Spurgeon quote. This is for myself, and it seems always appropriate to have this frame of mind: to assign oneself the title “chief of sinners” (to quote the Apostle Paul and the likes of John Bunyan). With a title like that, it’s hard to see anything else but one’s own despicableness or anything greater that God’s grace.

“Nothing is more deadly than self-righteousness, or more hopeful than contrition. We must confess that we are ‘nothing else but sin’, for no confession short of this will be the whole truth; and if the Holy Spirit be at work with us, convincing us of sin, there will be no difficulty about making such an acknowledgment- it will spring spontaneously from our lips.”

-From the 26 February Evening entry of Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening.


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