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Loathsome thoughts

(Thomas Brooks, "Heaven on Earth" 1667)

"And there shall ye remember your ways, and all your

doings, wherein ye have been defiled;

and ye shall loathe yourselves in your own sight for all your

evils that ye have committed." Ezekiel 20:43

True repentance includes a loathing and abhorring of sin,
and of ourselves for sin.

The sincere penitent loathes his sins, and be loathes himself
also because of his sins. He cries out, "Oh these wanton eyes!
Oh these wicked hands! Oh this deceitful tongue! Oh this
crooked will! Oh this corrupt heart! Oh how do I loathe my
sins, how do I loathe myself! My sins are a burden to me, and
they make me a burden to myself! My sins are an abhorrent
to me, and they make me abhor myself in dust and ashes!"

A true penitent has not only low thoughts of himself, but
loathsome thoughts of himself. None can think or speak
so vilely of a Christian
as he thinks and speaks so vilely
of himself. "Behold, I am vile!" Job 40:4

"…and they shall lothe themselves for the evils which

they have committed in all their abominations." Ezekiel 6:9

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