O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. (Romans 7:24-25)

Mourning Christian, dry up your tears. Are you weeping on amount of sin? Why do you weep?

Weep for your sin, but weep not through any fear of punishment. Has the evil one told you that you shall be condemned?

Tell him to his face that he lies. Ah, poor distressed believer, are you mourning over your own corruptions?

Look to your perfect Lord, and remember, you are complete in him; you are in God’s sight as perfect as if you had never sinned.

Nay, more than that, the Lord our righteousness has put a divine garment upon you, so that you have more than the righteousness of man.

You have the righteousness of God. Oh, you who are mourning by reason of inbred sin and depravity remember, none of your sins can condemn you.

You have learned to hate sin, but have you learned to know that sin is not yours anymore—it is put on Christ’s head.

Come, be of good cheer; your standing is not in yourself—it is in Christ; your acceptance is not in yourself.

It is in your Lord’s grace toward, and acceptance of, you. Even with all your sin, you are as much accepted today in your sanctification.

You are as much accepted of God today, with all your iniquities, as you will be when you stand before his throne.

Where you’ll be rendered free from all corruption. Oh, I beseech you, lay hold on this precious thought, perfection in Christ!

For you are perfect in Christ Jesus. Be of good cheer; do not fear to die; death has nothing terrible in it for you.

Christ has extracted all the gall from the sting of death.

Charles Spurgeon

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