2.7.1 Acknowledge the Great Evil of Sin, its Sinfulness

Method for Prayer by Matthew Henry

Acknowledge the Great Evil of Sin, its Sinfulness and Foolishness

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We must acknowledge the great evil that there is in sin, and in our sin; the malignity of its nature, and its mischievousness to us.

7.1

The sinfulness of sin.

O that sin might be shown to be sin to us and appear in its own colors; and through the commandment may we see it to be sinful beyond measure, Romans 7:13(ESV) because it is lawlessness. 1 John 3:4(ESV)

By every willful sin we have in effect said, “We do not want this man to reign over us.” Luke 19:14(ESV) And, “Who is the LORD, that we should obey his voice?” Exodus 5:2(ESV) And thus have we reviled the LORD, Numbers 15:30(ESV) and cast his law behind our back. Nehemiah 9:26(ESV)

7.2

The foolishness of sin.

O God, you know our folly; the wrongs that we have done are not hidden from you. Psalm 69:5(ESV) We were foolish in being disobedient, Titus 3:3(ESV) and our desires are senseless and harmful. 1 Timothy 6:9(ESV)

Folly was bound up in our hearts when we were children; Proverbs 22:15(ESV) for though vain man would be wise, he is born like the wild donkey’s colt. Job 11:12(KJV)

Our path has been one of foolish confidence, Psalm 49:13(ESV) and in many instances we have done very foolishly. 2 Samuel 24:10(ESV)

We have been brutish and ignorant, and even like beasts toward God. Psalm 73:22(ESV)