Short pithy gems from John Newton!
- May we sit at the foot of the cross–and there learn what sin has done, what justice has done, and what love has done!
- I am persuaded that love and humility are the highest attainments in the school of Christ–and the brightest evidences that He is indeed our Master!
- My grand point in preaching, is to break the hard heart–and to heal the broken one!
- I am not what I ought to be. Ah! How imperfect and deficient! I am not what I wish to be. I would abhor what is evil, and cleave to what is good. I am not what I hope to be. Soon, soon, I shall put off mortality–and with mortality, all sin and imperfection. Yet, though I am not what I ought to be, nor what I wish to be, nor what I hope to be–I can truly say that I am not what I once was–a slave to sin and Satan. And I can heartily join with the apostle, and acknowledge, “By the grace of God, I am what I am!”
- John Newton’s last words: “I am still in the land of the dying. I shall be in the land of the living soon!”
How to Mortify Sin:
- Claim the truth of the word of God that the old man is dead as it says in Romans 6:6. Reckon yourself dead to sin. It no longer has mastery over you. Romans 6:11 and 12.
- Grow in your hatred for sin and in your love for God and His word. Cultivate this into your life. Romans 6:13.
- Keep yourself away from those places where you can be tempted to sin, places or activities that will feed your desire to sin. Romans 13:14.
- Make it you habit to continually renew your mind, centering your thoughts on God. Romans 12:1–2. 2 Corinthians 4:16.
- Admit your failure and confess known sin every day. 1 John 1:9. Ask God for forgiveness. Matthew 6:12.
- Remember you are not in this alone. God has given you his Spirit to reside within you who can and will help. Ask for the Spirit’s help and power in all this. Romans 8:13.
- Seek the fellowship of other believers where we are exhorted. Beware of the deceitfulness of sin. Hebrews 3:12-13.
- And finally, fight the good fight like a boxer fights his opponent or a marathon runner fights fatigue. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27. 2 Timothy 4:7.