“Mr. John Bradford . . . would never stop confessing until he had felt some brokeness of heart for that sin. And when praying for any spiritual mercy, he would never give up that suit until he had gotten some relish of that mercy.”
“…Heart work is hard work…it will cost you something. To attain a facility and dexterity of language in prayer and put your meaning into apt and decent expressions is easy; but to get your heart broken for sin while you are confessing it and melted with free grace while you are blessing God for it, to be really ashamed and humbled through the apprehensions of God’s infinite holiness, and to keep your heart in this frame not only in, but after duty will surely cost you some groans and travailing pain of soul.”
John Flavel in “Keeping The Heart” strikes deep with the observation that perhaps I am too busy or too lazy to repent properly.