When We Sin, We Are More Vexed By Our Lowered Self-Esteem than God’s Honor Being Grieved

When we sin, we are more vexed at the lowering of our self-esteem than we are grieved at God’s dishonor.  We are surprised and irritated at our own lack of self-control in subjecting ourselves to unworthy habits…The first cause of this is self-love, which is unable to stand the disappointment of not seeing ourselves in time of trial come out beautiful, erect and admirable.

– Frederick W. Faber

as quoted by Bridges, Jerry; The Disciplined of Grace:God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness; NavPress; Colorado Springs; copyright 1994; p. 147