One of the things that is common to true believers is a sense of unworthiness because of sin. We struggle with assurance because we look at ourselves and see excessive, remaining corruption. This may cause us to doubt both ourselves and God's love for us. Here is an insightful handling of these matters by one of the most pastoral of the Puritans.
Love's conclusion is that the great enemy of our souls will do all he can to take our eyes off of our Savior, even if that means an over-preoccupation with sin and self. He asks:
* When are God's people too cast down for sin?
* Why are wicked men not cast down for sin?
* How can God's people keep from becoming too dejected?
Love then gives Scriptural guidelines to recover a sense of God's love. He shows us things that unsettle the soul of a child of God, and gives comfort to those who are convicted. He also sets forth truth that will convict those who may be falsely comforted.
This is important reading for anyone who longs to be more sanctified and satisfied.
There is also another work by Christopher Love at the end of this book called A Treatise of Angels. It was appendixed to the original edition of The Dejected Soul's Cure, so we have kept the two works together. (306 pages) [via]