[Papercut Press Publishing]1999-10-05 - Port's Faithful Shepherd, Chapter 5

Proverbs 6:23 For the commandment is a lamp, and the teaching is light; and reproofs for discipline are the way of life.

"Fortify yourself every morning against your special lusts, to which you are by nature most prone, or shall be most tempted; be it pride, passion, covetousness, or other sins. This must be done four ways: As...

  1. By arguments and holy reasonings within yourselves, drawn from the sad effects of your sin, such as the remnant, discomfort, ableness of your sin. Make your soul ashamed of it: For instance...Shall I be proud? Then I am sure to fall, and God resists the proud, James 4:6. Shall I be angry? If I let passion in, I cannot keep satan out, Ephesians 4:26,27. I shall grieve thereby the Holy Spirit of God, Ephesians 4:30,31. Shall I be covetous? I cannot but be very sinful, since the love of money is the root of all evil, 1 Timothy 6:10.
  2. By pondering in your minds precepts in the Book of God against such sins, judgments threatened, or inflicted, Proverbs 6:23,24, on proud Herod, Acts 12:23, voluptuous living, Luke 16:27-31, and foolish Nabal, 1 Samuel 25:38.
  3. By applying the promises of mortification close to your hearts, as a balm to the sore, for subduing your iniquity, Micah 7:19, Romans 6:14.
  4. By drawing virtue from Christ's death into the soul, which has in it a killing force toward sin, Romans 6:4-7, Philippians 4:10." Robert Port

Nobody likes to talk about them, but we all have them. Our private lusts, or our secret passions are things that are easier to keep to ourselves than actually confronted. Port realized that in order to walk with God daily, we must fortify ourselves against these sins. We must take this to heart. In fact, we must fortify ourselves daily against these private special sins.

Port suggests that we make our souls ashamed from the effects, remnant and ableness of our sin. That is a concept we hear little about in our culture today. A lot of people talk about getting rid of shame, and overcoming our shame, but to actually make ourselves ashamed is something I have rarely, if ever, heard suggested. And yet, I think Port has given us something to think about here. We should feel shame because of our sin. And, it is quite possible that if we learned to feel more the humiliation and disgrace that our sin brings upon us, we might feel more remorse and sorrow for our sin, and turn, repenting to Christ.

I think that Port's four points are worth considering on this often neglected topic and I commend them to you.

Soli Deo Gloria,
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