(Thomas Watson, "The Christian's
"Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose
sins are covered." Psalm 32:1
Pardon of sin is a choice mercy.
This jewel God hangs upon none but His elect.
Pardon of sin draws the silver link of grace,
and the golden link of glory after it. It is a voluminous
mercy--there are many mercies bound up with it.
The pardoned sinner is a weeping sinner. Never did
any man read his pardon with dry eyes! Look upon that weeping
penitent, "she stood behind Christ weeping." Tears were distilled
out of her penitent heart! O, how precious were Mary's tears--surely
more costly in Christ's esteem than her ointment! They dropped from her
eyes--as so many
Her amorous eyes, whose sparkles had so often set on fire all
her lovers, she now seeks to be revenged on them--and washes Christ's
feet with her tears! Her embroidered hair, which had so often
as a net, ensnared others--she now makes it towel to wipe Christ's
feet! Here was a pardoned penitent. A pardon will turn the stony
heart into a spring of tears! O sinner, ask yourself the
question--Is your heart dissolved into tears? Does it melt for sin? God
seals His pardons only upon melting hearts.
Nothing can melt the stony heart of a sinner--but the blood of Christ.
The pardoned sinner looks upon a bleeding Christ with a bleeding heart.