(Thomas Brooks, "The Crown and Glory of Christianity, or, HOLINESS, the Only Way to Happiness", 1662)
"They will loathe themselves for the evil they have done and for all their detestable practices." Ezekiel 6:9
True repentance is a daily turning of the soul further and further from sin—and a daily turning of the soul nearer and nearer to God and holiness.
True repentance includes . . .
a true sense of sin,
a deep sorrow for sin,
a hearty loathing of sin, and
a holy shame and blushing for sin.
A true repenter strives for . . .
a clean head, and a clean heart;
a clean lip, and a clean life.
To repent is for a man to loathe himself, as well as his sin.
Is this easy for man, who is so great a self-lover, and so great a self-exalter, and so great a self-admirer—to become a self-loather? To repent is to cross sinful self, and to walk contrary to sinful self.
True repentance lies in a daily dying unto sin, and in a daily living unto Him who lives forever.
"Then you will remember your evil ways and wicked deeds, and you will loathe yourselves for your sins and detestable practices." Ezekiel 36:31