Know Your Heart and Don’t Believe It

Know Your Heart and Don’t Believe It

John Owen:

Labour to know thine own frame and temper; what spirit thou art of; what associates in thy heart Satan hath; where corruption is strong, where grace is weak; what stronghold lust hath in thy natural constitution, and the like. . .

Be acquainted, then, with thine own heart: though it be deep, search it; though it be dark, inquire into it; though it give all its distempers other names than what are their due, believe it not.

Of Temptation, The Works of John Owen, ed. William H. Goold, 1850-1853, (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth Trust, 1967), VI, 132, paragraphing mine.

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Jonathan Parnell (@jonathanparnell) is a writer and content strategist at Desiring God, and is the lead planter of Cities Church in Minneapolis–St. Paul, where he lives with his wife, Melissa, and their five children. He is co-author of How to Stay Christian in Seminary, author of Reading to Walk: Meditations for the Christian Life, and co-editor of Designed for Joy: How the Gospel Impacts Men and Women, Identity and Practice.