Many Christians, it seems, do not appreciate what has happened to them in their new birth and are careless about obeying and pleasing God.  Many more have desperate struggles against long-standing sinful habits that, in effect, have become addictions to unrighteousness, and they often lose the battles they fight.  And there are many who, evidently, think it does not matter whether or not one strives to perfect holiness of life.  But it does!  For, without a purpose of holiness (purity of heart, that is), there can be no authentic praying. – J. I. Packer (born in 1926)


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