More dreadful than Hell!
(James Smith, "He Gives Grace to the Humble" 1859)
"Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?" Romans 7:24
The godly man has a deep sense of the evil of sin.
He looks upon sin as the bitter root, from which springs . . .
all the woes and wars,
all the sadness and sorrow,
all the pains and pollution,
all the misery and madness,
and all the torment and terror
— to be found in God's universe!
He regards sin as that abominable thing which God hates!
It is to him a loathsome object; and a subject fraught with all that is base, degrading, and horrible. He looks at sin as more dreadful than Hell! Indeed, he considers sin to be the evil of all evils, and considers that nothing is evil in comparison with sin!
He often thinks of sin as it has . . .
grieved God's heart,
murdered God's only begotten Son, and
vexed and resisted the Holy Spirit.
O if he could be but free from sin!
"Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be, has not yet been made known. But we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is!" 1 John 3:2