Morning, March 11, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

Sin … utterly sinful.” — Romans 7:13

Beware of lightly thinking 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 so as not to offend against God. But unfortunately, 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 devotion soon turns into a willow in the life following, 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 harm; and then follows an unholy presumption: “We have not fallen into open sin. True, we tripped a little, but we mainly stood upright. We may have uttered one unholy word, but as for the most of our conversation, it has been consistent.” So, we gloss over sin; we throw a cloak over it; we call it by other, less serious names. Christian, beware how you may think lightly of sin. Take care in case you 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? Does not the tiny coral animal build a rock which wrecks a navy? Do not little strokes of the ax fell lofty oaks? Will not continual dripping 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. If you could weigh the least sin in the scales of eternity, you would fly from it as from a serpent, and detest the least appearance of evil. Look upon all sin as that which crucified the Savior, and you will see it to be “utterly sinful.”