Robert Leighton: Those in love with sin can have no assurance of God’s love

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He is a holy God, and can love nothing that is altogether unlike Himself. There must always be some similitude and conformity of nature to ground kindness and friendship upon, and to maintain it. … What gross self-flattery is it, to think that God’s loving kindness can be towards you, while you are in love with sin, which he so perfectly hates!

How can the profane swearer, or voluptuous person, or the oppressor and covetous, or the close hypocrite, (worse than any of them,) rest upon the loving kindness of the Lord in the day of troubles? No, surely. But the tenor of His wrath shall be added to all their other calamities; and they shall find it heavier than all the rest. God will not pour this precious oil of gladness, this persuasion of His love, into filthy vessels. ...

For more, see Robert Leighton: Those in love with sin can have no assurance of God’s love.
 
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