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John Owen prefacing Of the Mortification of Sin in Believers

I hope I may own in sincerity that my heart’s desire unto God, and the chief design of my life in the station wherein the good providence of God has placed me, are that mortification and universal holiness may be promoted in my own and in the hearts and ways of others, to the glory of God; that so the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ may be adorned in all things: for the compassing of which end, if this little discourse (of the publishing whereof this is the sum of the account I shall give) may in anything be useful to the least of the saints, it will be looked on as a return of the weak prayers wherewith it is attended by its unworthy author.

— John Owen, Preface to Of the Mortification of Sin in Believers

Oh, that this would be my heart for those whom I teach and would be the heart of those who teach me and all the saints.

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