Exceedingly Sinful Sin

Exceedingly sinful sin is the lightness in which we view sin.

“Sin . . . exceeding sinful.”— Romans 7:13

Beware of light thoughts of sin. At the time of conversion, the conscience is so tender, that we are afraid of the slightest sin. Young converts have a holy timidity, a godly fear lest they should offend against God. But alas! very soon the fine bloom upon these first ripe fruits is removed by the rough handling of the surrounding world: the sensitive plant of young piety turns into a willow in after life, too pliant, too easily yielding. It is sadly true, that even a Christian may grow by degrees so callous, that the sin which once startled him does not alarm him in the least. By degrees men get familiar with sin. The ear in which the cannon has been booming will not notice slight sounds. At first a little sin startles us; but soon we say, “Is it not a little one?” Then there comes another, larger, and then another, until by degrees we begin to regard sin as but a little ill; and then follows an unholy presumption: “We have not fallen into open sin. True, we tripped a little, but we stood upright in the main. We may have uttered one unholy word, but as for the most of our conversation, it has been consistent.” So we palliate sin; we throw a cloak over it; we call it by dainty names. Christian, beware how thou thinkest lightly of sin. Take heed lest thou fall by little and little. Sin, a little thing? Is it not a poison? Who knows its deadliness? Sin, a little thing? Do not the little foxes spoil the grapes? Doth not the tiny coral insect build a rock which wrecks a navy? Do not little strokes fell lofty oaks? Will not continual droppings wear away stones? Sin, a little thing? It girded the Redeemer’s head with thorns, and pierced His heart! It made Him suffer anguish, bitterness, and woe. Could you weigh the least sin in the scales of eternity, you would fly from it as from a serpent, and abhor the least appearance of evil. Look upon all sin as that which crucified the Saviour, and you will see it to be “exceeding sinful.”

Spurgeon’s Morning & Evening (Day 11)

Christian do you think too lightly of your sin?

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2 thoughts on “Exceedingly Sinful Sin

  1. Praying and giving scriptures to a friend recently married. Thinks God needs her and husband to catch lotto to go into full time ministry. Please pray with me. All sin is wrong and I get sick when I think on my past sin, how I continued to crucify my Savior. Now I am walking in full faith with Him.
    Gladly Serving Him
    Sharon Grant

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  2. Sharon,

    It is hard when we see other’s taking sin lightly. It is even more sad when people sin in order to serve God. Think of King Saul saving the sheep he was told to destroy and claiming that he was saving them to sacrifice to the Lord. 1 Samuel 15

    1 Samuel 15:22-23
    22 “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.
    23 For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry.
    ESV

    All you can do is pray and share the truth of Scripture with another. The Lord will have to work on their heart in His timing just as He works on us. Thankfully, the Lord does not convict us of all our sin immediately or we could not bear up under it. The Lord will burn the dross from our lives until we shine forth as gold.

    Berean Wife

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