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.

From The Four Loves

“In words which can still bring tears to the eyes, St. Augustine describes the desolation into which the death of his friend Nebridius plunged him (Confessions IV, 10). Then he draws a moral. This is what comes, he says, of giving one’s heart to anything but God. All human beings pass away. Do not let your happiness depend on something you may lose. If love is to be a blessing, not a misery, it must be for the only Beloved who will never pass away.”
C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves