If the Heart be Filled with the Cross of Christ

The cross of Christ be glorified and rejoiced in; this his heart was set upon; and these were the effects of it – it crucified the word unto him, made it a dead and undesireable thing.  The baits and pleasures of sin are taken all of them out of the world…If the heart be filled with the cross of Christ, it casts death and undesireableness upon them all; it leafves no seeming beauty, no appearing pleasure of comeliness, in them.

– John Owen, On Indwelling Sin in Believers

as quoted by Piper, John; When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy; Crossway; Wheaton, Ill.; copyright  2004; p. 94

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