True Mourning For Sin
True mourning for sin has a distinct and constant reference to the Lord Jesus.
If I hate sin because I am exposed, I have not repented; I merely regret that I have been found out.
If I hate sin because of judgment and hell, I have not repented; I merely regret that God is just.
But if I see sin as a hateful offense against my Lord, and I see my sin as crucifying Him, then I mourn with a truly broken and repentant heart (Psalm 51:3-4).
True mourning is a great bitterness, as one mourns the death of his firstborn (Zechariah 12:10).
‘Lord, let me weep for naught but sin;
And after none but Thee;
Then I would (Oh, that I might!);
A constant weeper be!’
A broken heart over sin is a work of the Spirit of God and will be healed (Psalm 51:17; Psalm 34:18).
By Henry Mahan