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, 19th century British writer
paraphrased by Jerry Bridges in The Discipline of GraceThis quote really struck a nerve with me, it rings oh so true. – PH