“No sin is truly repented of, till it be pardoned; nor is the sinner ever melted so much into godly sorrow, as when he knows that his iniquities are forgiven. The faith of pardon melts the adamantine (hard, impenetrable-J.F.) heart, makes the head waters, and the eyes a fountain of tears.
“No sin is truly repented of, till it be pardoned…”
It is by viewing our sins, by an appropriating faith, as laid upon the Lamb of God, and Him as pierced for them, that we attain the lively exercise of evangelical repentance. The more our hearts are enabled to trust that the Lord Jesus ‘was wounded for our transgressions, and was bruised for our iniquities,’ the more will we abhor them, and turn from the love and practice of them.”
John Colquhoun, Evangelical Repentance, “The Priority of Justification to the First Exercise of True Repentance,” p. 108