Quotes from my archive of great spiritual thinkers…and others.
This post contains quotes on repentance and turning from sin toward our God.
“Many mourn for their sins that do not truly repent of them, weep bitterly for them, and yet continue in love and league with them.” – Matthew Henry
“It is the greatest and dearest blessing that ever God gave to men, that they may repent; and therefore to deny or to delay it is to refuse health when brought by the skill of the physician – to refuse liberty offered to us by our gracious Lord.” – Jeremy Taylor
“The Christian who has stopped repenting has stopped growing.” – A. W. Pink
“Repentance is as much a mark of a Christian, as faith is. A very little sin, as the world calls it, is a very great sin to a true Christian.” – Charles Spurgeon
“In religion our only hope is to live a life good enough to require God to bless us, so every instance of sin and repentance is therefore traumatic, unnatural and threatening. Only under great duress do religious people admit they have sinned, because their only hope is their moral goodness. In the Gospel the knowledge of our acceptance in Christ makes it easier to admit that we are flawed, because we know we won’t be cast off if we confess the true depths of our sinfulness. Our hope is in Christ’s righteousness, not our own, so it is not as traumatic to admit our weaknesses and lapses.” – Tim Keller