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Good Hope for Bad People

While we try to cloak anything from God, we are both wicked and foolish. It argues a rebellious spirit when we have a desire to hide away from our Maker; but when a man uncovers his wound, invites inspection of its sore, bids the surgeon cut away the leprous film which covered its corruption, and saith to him, “Here, probe into its depths, see what evil there is in it; spare not, but make a sure cure of the wound,” then he is in a fair way to be recovered. When a man is willing to make God his confessor, and doth freely, and without hypocrisy, pour out his heart like water before the Lord, there is good hope for him.

—Charles H. Spurgeon
Flashes of Thought, 210.

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Confessing Sins in the New Covenant

Believers ought not to mourn over, or confess their iniquities, in a legal manner, viewing them as committed by persons under the covenant of works; but ought to confess and mourn over them as sins done against a reconciled father, and breaches of his law as a rule of life.

—Thomas Boston
Adapted from The Whole Works of Thomas Boston, 12:456.