Wahoo—it is almost Sunday! Here is the great Thomas Watson, from his, "The Doctrine of Repentance" book:
"A man may restrain the acts of sin, yet not turn from sin in a right manner. Acts of sin may be restrained out of fear or design, but a true penitent turns from sin out of a religious principle, namely, love to God. Even if sin did not bear such bitter fruit, if death did not grow on this tree, a gracious soul would forsake it out of love to God. This is the most kindly turning from sin.
"When things are frozen and congealed, the best way to separate them is by fire. When men and their sins are congealed together, the best way to sepa-rate them is by the fire of love. Three men, asking one another what made them leave sin: one says, 'I think of the joys of heaven'; another, 'I think of the torments of hell'; but the third, 'I think of the love of God, and that makes me forsake it. How shall I offend the God of love?’ "