I recently listened to a very insightful and challenging message by Pastor Tim Keller, in which he spoke of how God brings change in our lives. One insight he shared that really stood out to me is that often we do not change because we only hate the consequence of our sin rather than hating the sin itself. Therefore we only make changes to the extent that it will relieve the negative consequences, but we do not address the sin in the heart that is producing those consequences.
But we will not have the courage to face the depth of our sin apart from understanding in the depth of our heart what Christ has accomplished on our behalf. In the hymn-writer’s words: “My sin, O, the bliss of this glorious thought, My sin not in part but the whole, Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more, Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!”
You can listen to Keller’s message here.