The final two comforts from Christopher Love’s The Mortified Christian
Sixth,Sin and corruption may be more stirring and boisterous after a man is regenerate than they were before conversion.
This point is illustrated and put into its proper context by John Owen in The Mortification of Sin:
Some lusts are far more sensible and discernible in their violent actings than others. Paul puts a difference between uncleanness and all other sins: 1 Cor. 6:18. [&] And on this account some men may go in their own thoughts and in the eyes of the world for mortified men, . . .only their lusts are in and about things which raise not such a tumult in the soul,
I say, then, that the first thing in mortification is the weakening of this habit, This is called “crucifying the flesh with the lusts thereof,” Gal. 5:24; that is, taking away its blood and spirits that give it strength and power, ‑‑ the wasting of the body of death “day by day,” 2 Cor. 4:16.
As a man nailed to the cross; he first struggles, and strives, and cries out with great strength and might, but, as his blood and spirits waste, his strivings are faint and seldom, his cries low and hoarse, scarce to be heard; ‑‑ when a man first sets on a lust or distemper, to deal with it, it struggles with great violence to break loose; . . . Rom. 6:6.
When the Spirit begins to work against a sin, the sin will raise every objection, will plead and beg and break out against all sense. Such a tantrum of sin is contrary to mortification. However, one cannot indulge the tantrum and satisfy the sin under the pretense that such is part of mortification always seeks the sin’s end and never indulges the sin for a moment. This observation must not become an excuse to sin.
Seventh, You may die by yielding to sin, but you shall never die by opposing and resisting sin….You can never die by grappling with sin, but you may die by yielding to sin. Those sins shall never damn you that you have labored and prayed against and encountered. But if you, like a faint-hearted solider run away and yield to sin’s temptations and assaults, then you are undone.
There are people who think that if they give up their beloved sin, they may die. This is especially the case with life dominating sins, such as sexual immorality. Such people will think that if they are “forced” to give up their immorality, that they will die — at the very least, they shall never be happy. In such cases, our desire for sympathy may encourage even the counselor to wink at the sin. To overlook sin is never of love — even if the sin pleads hardship and the fellow-believer looks sad over the prospect. Sin is a con man, and all good con men sound sincere and instill a desire to please them.
Giving up the sin will never kill you, although it may smart at the first.