Device 4: By showing to the soul the best men's sins and by hiding from the soul their virtues, their sorrows, , and their repentance.
For remedies consider that. . .
1. The Spirit of God records not only the sins of the saints, but also their repentance.
2. The saints did not make a trade of sin.
3. Though God does not disinherit his sinning people, He punishes them severely.
4. God has two main ends in recording the falls of his saints: (1) to keep those who fall through weakness and infirmity from fainting, sinking, and despair under the burdens of their sins; and (2) that the falls of the saints serve as landmarks to warn others who stand to take heed lest they fall.