Evening, May 30, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“That we should no longer be slaves to sin.” — Romans 6:6
Christian, what have you to do with sin? Has it not cost you enough already? Burned child, will you play with the fire? What! When you have already been between the jaws of the lion, will you step a second time into his den? Have you not had enough of the old serpent? Did he not poison all your veins once, and will you play upon the hole of the viper, and put your hand upon the adder’s den a second time? Oh, do not be so mad! Do not be so foolish! Did sin ever yield you real pleasure? Did you find solid satisfaction in it? If so, go back to your old drudgery, and wear the chain again, if it delights you. But inasmuch as sin never did give you what it promised to bestow, but deluded you with lies, do not be a snared second time by the old fowler—be free, and let the memory of your ancient bondage forbid you to enter the net again! It is contrary to the designs of eternal love, all of which have an eye to your purity and holiness; therefore do not run counter to the purposes of your Lord. Another thought should restrain you from sin. Christians can never sin cheaply; they pay a heavy price for iniquity. Transgression destroys peace of mind, obscures fellowship with Jesus, hinders prayer, brings darkness over the soul; therefore, do not be the servant and bondman of sin. There is yet a higher argument: each time you serve sin you “again crucify the Son of God and put Him to open shame.” Can you bear that thought? Oh! If you have fallen into any special sin during this day, it may be that my Master has sent this admonition this evening, to bring you back before you have backslidden very far. Turn to Jesus afresh; he has not forgotten his love to you; his grace is still the same. With weeping and repentance, come to his footstool, and you shall be once more received into his heart; you shalt be set upon a rock again, and your goings forth shall be established.