Why Solitude is Hard

“Solitude often forces us to look these sorrows square in the face and makes us reckon with a cold reality: we like our busyness. We like the chaos of our lives. We like it because it distracts us from ourselves.” -Mike Cosper, Recapturing the Wonder

 

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Where We See Most Clearly the Sinfulness of Sin

“Never was sin seen to be more abominably sinful and full of provocation than when the burden of it was upon the shoulders of the Son of God…Would you, then, see the true demerit of sin?—take the measure of it from the mediation of Christ, especially his cross.” -John Owen, Communion with the Triune God

Grace Makes Self-Knowledge Possible

“The assurance of His total forgiveness of our sins through the blood of Christ means we don’t have to play defensive games anymore. We don’t have to rationalize and excuse our sins. We can call sin exactly what it is, regardless of how ugly and shameful it may be, because we know that Jesus bore that sin in His body on the cross.” -Jerry Bridges