Hugh Binning, Works, p. 337:
This is the round in which a believer is to walk, – to turn from pardon to purity, and from pollution again to pardon, for these voices and sounds are interchanged continually. If ye have sinned, believe in Christ the advocate and sacrifice, and, because ye have believed, sin not; but if ye be overtaken in sin, yet believe. And as this is daily renewed, so the soul’s study and endeavour in them should be daily renewed too. If ye have sinned, despair not; if ye be pardoned, yet presume not. After sin there is hope, it is true, because “there is forgiveness with him;” but after forgiveness, there must be fear to offend his goodness; for there is forgiveness with him, that he may be feared, Ps. 130:4. And this is the situation I would desire my soul in, – to be placed between hope of his mercy and fear of sin, the faith of his favour and the hatred of sin, which he will not favour; and how happy were a soul to be confined within these, and kept captive to its true liberty!
Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/the-believers-daily-round.89536/, Comment 1
The statement made by a murderer after he shot eight people dead:
Godbolt also told a reporter that ‘death’ is next, saying: ‘My intentions was to have God kill me. I ran out of bullets.
‘Suicide by cop was my intention. I ain’t fit to live not after what I’ve done, not in your eyes, not in nobody else’s eyes.
‘But God, you know, he forgives you for everything.’
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BEFORE the throne of God above
I have a strong, a perfect plea,
a great High Priest, whose name is Love,
who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on His hands,
my name is written on His heart;
I know that while in heaven He stands,
no tongue can bid me thence depart.
When Satan tempts me to despair,
and tells me of the guilt within,
upward I look, and see Him there
who made an end of all my sin.
Because the sinless Saviour died,
my sinful soul is counted free;
for God the Just is satisfied
to look on Him, and pardon me.
Behold Him there! the risen Lamb!
my perfect, spotless righteousness,
the great unchangeable I AM,
the King of glory and of grace!
One with Himself, I cannot die,
my soul is purchased by His blood;
my life is hid with Christ on high,
with Christ, my Saviour and my God.
Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/im-the-worst.91090/, Comment 4
Hugh Binning, Works, p. 318:
Among believers in Christ there is much difference in self-judging; extreme contrarieties, both between diverse persons, and in one and the same at diverse times. You know that some are kept in the open view of their own sins and infirmities, and while they aim at holiness, they are wholly disabled to that worthy endeavour by their discouragements arising from the apprehension of their own weakness and infinite short-coming. Now to elevate and strengthen such spirits, that word was seasonably cast in, “and the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth from all sin:” for it properly belongs to the comfort of such fainting souls; and it is all one as if he had said, up and be doing, and the blood of Christ shall cleanse your evil doings. He goeth not about to persuade them to have better thoughts of themselves, or lower apprehensions of their sins, but only to have higher and more suitable thoughts of Christ, and the virtue of his blood; and this is the only cure, – not to abate from that low esteem of ourselves, but to add to the esteem and grow in the lively apprehension of Christ. I would not counsel you to think yourselves better, but to think better of him, that all your confidence may arise from him.
Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/low-esteem-of-self-high-esteem-of-christ.89473/, Comment 1
Fountain in Siena (Italy) by I, Ciliegio
Robert Traill (Stedfast Adherence to the Profession of our Faith), Works 3:223:
“I am a vile sinful creature.” What then? We are called to come to a fountain that is opened for sin and for uncleanness, if I may so speak. Come in filthy, and go out clean: Come now and let us reason together, saith the Lord, though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool, Isa. 1:18. What reason has God to argue thus with poor sinners? That he should reason thus with unreasonable sinners? That he should freely offer his pardoning mercy to those that are altogether undeserving of it? As if God should say, I know all that you can speak must only be from your sins; I know them better than you do. Come, hearken to me; take my counsel. Your sins shall be no hindrance; they shall be removed quickly.
Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/come-in-filthy-and-go-out-clean.92270/, Comment 1