An enlightened sinner cannot but feel sorrow for all his past and present deviations from the law of God. Being led by grace to the fountain of living waters, he deeply laments his having so long endeavoured to hew out unto himself broken cisterns which can hold no water, and wonders how he could be so blinded and so hardened, through the deceitfulness of sin, as to seek for satisfaction in the way of death, and madly dream that his happiness would improve in proportion as he strayed from God.
Above all, when he finds that the expiation of his guilt, and the redemption from eternal perdition, could be effected at no less expense, than by the miraculous incarnation, and most bitter death of God’s Son, how powerfully does this induce the soul to sorrow after a godly sort! what carefulness and concern does it work on the heart! what self-indignation! what fear of God! what vehement desire of forgiveness! what revenge and abhorrence of sin! These are the evidences of genuine repentanceÂ—these, these are the evidences of engraftment into Christ. Joy is in heaven over such repentance as this. God the Father acquiesces with complacency in the soul that is thus brought to His mercy-seat. The Redeemer sees the reward of His sufferings and is glorified. The Holy Spirit smiles on His own work, hastes to comfort the sinner He has subdued, and goes on to accomplish the sanctification He has begun.
Have you, reader, been the subject of the above-mentioned operations? Have you exercised repentance towards God? Much depends upon this; for the Redeemer said, “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish”.