Thomas Watson lays out repentance in a helpful way.

We use this word a lot, but what does it really mean? And more importantly how do we do it.

What it is not: 

  1. A sense of guilt (feeling bad)
  2. A resolution against sin, based on circumstances, (bargaining, if only you do this I’ll never sin again. 
  3. Leaving some sins yet keep others. An old sin may be left to pursue another. “Sin exchanged, heart unchanged” Sin left off for self interest. 

True leaving of sin results with the infusion of grace, like light ceases to be dark when there is an infusion of light. 

Repentance is a grace of God’s Spirit whereby a sinner is inwardly humbled and visibly reformed. For a further amplification, know that repentance is a spiritual medicine made up of 6 special ingredients:

  1. Sight of Sin
  2. Sorrow for Sin
  3. Confession of Sin
  4. Shame for Sin
  5. Hatred of Sin
  6. Turning from Sin

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My Top Five Books on Depression

Biblical counseling resources on depression.

As many of you know I read a lot. I thought I would share some of the books that I have found helpful in thinking through depression from a biblical perspective.

Some of these were assigned reading in my biblical counseling program for my Master’s in Divinity and others are helpful resources I found afterward.

I hope they are helpful to you. Write a comment on which one you find/found most helpful. 

1. Hodges, Charles, Good Mood Bad Mood: Help and Hope for Depression and Bipolar Disorder. 

2. Lloyd-Jones, Martin, Spiritual Depression.

3. Mack, Wayne, Down but Not Out.

4. Welch, Ed, Blame It on the Brain.

5. Piper, John, When Darkness Will Not Lift.