I pray you to learn this lesson: you cannot think too much or too blackly of your own sins, but you may think too exclusively of them and, if you do, they will drive you to the madness of despair.  My dear friend, there is no penitence or remorse which is deep enough for the smallest transgression, but there is no transgression which is so great but that forgiveness for it may come, and we may have it for the asking if we will go to that dear Christ who died for us.Alexander Maclaren (1826-1910), from a meditation on Matthew 27.4, 24.

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