Let men know it is their duty, but in its proper place; I take not men from mortification, but put them upon conversion. He that shall call a man from mending a hole in the wall of his house, to quench a fire that is consuming the whole building, is not his enemy. Poor soul! it is not thy sore finger but thy hectic fever that thou art to apply thyself to the consideration of. Thou softest thyself against a particular sin, and dost not consider that thou art nothing but sin.
– John Owen –
from The Mortification of Sin in Believers, volume 6 of Works, page 38