Have you, my reader, wept for sin?

The following is from Octavius Winslow's sermon, "The
Disciple Washing Christ's Feet, or, The Service of Love"

"A certain immoral woman heard Jesus was there
and brought a beautiful jar filled with expensive
perfume. Then she knelt behind him at his feet,
weeping. Her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped
them off with her hair. Then she kept kissing his
feet and putting perfume on them." Luke 7:37-38

Those tears! who can analyze them?
Where shall we find pearls so priceless,
or stones so precious and of fairer colors?

She washed Christ's feet with the tears
of penitence. There are no tears in Christ's
view more costly or precious than these.

This woman was poor in spirit, humble and
contrite, and as she stood behind her sin
forgiving Savior, her tears of godly sorrow
for sin rained fast upon his feet.

Have you, my reader, wept for sin?

Does the recollection of past transgression
make you sorry? Does the memory of the sins
of your youth, the transgressions of riper years,
the sinful infirmities of old age, humble you in
the dust?

Holier and more precious tears were never shed
than those wept for having sinned against God
at Christ's feet.