Roots Versus Fruits

A man may beat down the bitter fruit from an evil tree until he is weary; whilst the root abides in strength and vigour, the beating down of the present fruit will not hinder it from bringing forth more. This is the folly of some men; they set themselves with all earnestness and diligence against the appearing eruption of lust, but, leaving the principle and root untouched, perhaps unsearched out, they make but little or no progress in this work of mortification.

– John Owen –

from The Mortification of Sin in Believers, volume 6 of Works, page 30

2 comments on “Roots Versus Fruits

  1. At the risk of sounding irreverent, and I don’t mean to be, this brings to mind the picture of the old “Wack-a-mole” game, where moles keep popping up and you keep wacking them down with a hammer. The only way to really win would be to figure out how to turn the machine off, i.e., get to the root of the problem. (Sorry, that’s how my warped mind works!)

  2. Nice!
    Don’t apologize, that’s a great example.

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