I am working through Richard Sibbes’ book, The Bruised Reed, and thought I would share his challenge to believers to root out sin in our lives:
We must lay siege to the hardness of our own hearts, and aggravate sin all we can. We must look on Christ, who was bruised for us, look on him whome we have pierced with our sins. But all directions will not prevail, unless God by his Spirit convinces us deeply, setting our sins before us, and driving us to a standstill. Then we will cry out for mercy. Conviction will breed contrition, and this leads to humiliation. Therefore desire God that he would bring a clear and strong light into all the corners of our souls, and accompany it with a spirit of power to lay our hearts low.