[b]Loathsome thoughts[/b](Thomas Brooks, "Heaven on Earth" 1667)"You will remember your conduct and all the actions by which you have defiled yourselves, and you will loathe yourselves for all the evil you have done." Ezekiel 20:43True 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, butloathsome 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 "They will loathe themselves for the evil they have done and for all their detestable practices." Ezekiel 6:9
_________________SI Moderator - Greg Gordon
It slaps the 'self-esteem' movement in the church right in the face!We are vile. No mirror necessary, except the word of God.We do have detestable practices. If we are honest, we can't say everything we do is pleasing to God.1 Cor 10v31 tells us to do all things to the glory of God.Our loathsome sins do not give God glory.Beg God to help you to destroy them in your life, before they destroy you.God bless.