Book Highlights: The Doctrine of Repentance

Here are some highlights from The Doctrine of Repentance by Thomas Watson.

“It is better to go with difficulty to heaven than with ease to hell.”

“In Adam we all suffered shipwreck, and repentance is the only plank left us after shipwreck to swim to heaven.”

“It is one thing to be a terrified sinner and another to be a repenting sinner.”

“The eye is made both for seeing and weeping.  Sin must first be seen before it can be wept for.”

“A man may be sorry, yet not repent, as a thief is sorry when he is taken, not because he stole, but because he has to pay the penalty.”

“Godly sorrow, however, is chiefly for the trespass against God, so that even if there were no conscience to smite, no devil to accuse, no hell to punish, yet the soul would still be grieved because of the prejudice done to God.”

“Godly sorrow shows itself to be ingenuous because when a Christian knows that he is out of the gun-shot of hell and shall never be damned, yet still he grieves for sinning against that free grace which has pardoned him.”

“The more bitterness we taste in sin, the more sweetness we shall taste in Christ.”

“When we have vomited up sin by confession we must not return to the vomit.”

“When the heart has been made black with sin, grace makes the face red with blushing.”

“Our sins are worse than the sins of the devils: the lapsed angels never sinned against Christ’s blood.  Christ died not for them.”

“The very day a Christian turns from sin he must enjoin himself a perpetual fast.”

“There is no rowing to paradise except upon the stream of repenting tears.”

“England is an island encompassed by two oceans, an ocean of water, and an ocean of wickedness. O that it might be encompassed with a third ocean, that of repenting tears!”

“The sins of the wicked pierce Christ’s side.  The sins of the godly go to his heart.”

“It is better to mortify one sin than to understand all mysteries.”

“Satan does what he can to keep men from repentance.  When he sees that they begin to take up serious thoughts of reformation, he bids them wait a little longer.”

“Late converts who have for many years taken pay on the devil’s side are not in a capacity of doing so much work in the vineyard.  The thief on the cross could not do that service for God as St Paul did.”

“We please God by repentance but we do not satisfy him by it.  To trust in our repentance is to make it a saviour.  Though repentance helps to purge out the filth of sin, yet it is Christ’s blood that washes away the guilt of sin.”

“Upon returning to God we have more restored to us in Christ than ever was lost in Adam.”