“Sin . . . exceeding sinful.”

"Sin . .
. exceeding sinful."


Romans 7:13

Romans 7:13 Was then that which is good made death
unto me?
God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by
that
which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding
sinful. KJV

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."

C.
H. Spurgeon

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