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Charles Spurgeon on How Sin Shows our Hearts

Here is a great quote from Charles Spurgeon on how sin shows our hearts.  Spurgeon said,

Ah, my friends, those men that say little sins have no vice in them whatever, they do but give indications of their own character; they show which way the stream runs. A straw may let you know which way the wind blows, or even a floating feather; and so may some little sin be an indication of the prevailing tendency of the heart. My hearer, if thou lovest sin, though it be but a little one, thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Thou art still a stranger to divine grace. The wrath of God abideth on thee. Thou art a lost soul unless God change thy heart.

True words indeed.  If a person loves sin, though it be but a little one says Spurgeon, your heart is not right in the sight of God.  You are still a stranger to divine grace and the wrath of God abides on you.  You are a lost soul and need God to transform your heart.  1 John 3:4-10 is clear that the righteous saint of God does not abide in sin.  Any theology that comforts your sins is not from God.  Jesus came to deliver us from sin (John 8:31-38) and His very name means salvation (Matthew 1:21).  He makes us new creations in Himself (2 Corinthians 5:17) and we do not go on sinning (1 John 2:1-2).  We look to Jesus for our salvation, for His intercession (Hebrews 7:25) and for Him to help us escape the temptations of this world and the flesh (1 Corinthians 10:13).  There is no sin that is greater than Jesus and He is able to save us from it.

Friend, what sin do you love more than Jesus?  What sin do you want to hold on to that you will not let go.  That sin will damn you.  You’ll love that sin, cherish that sin, and that sin will become your god.  Sin destroys (Romans 6:23).  Always has and always will until Jesus comes and ends this all.  Sin is what keeps us from God (Isaiah 59:2) and sin is what keeps us from salvation (Acts 2:38).  We must hate sin in all its forms whether “small” sins or big.  We must hate all sin.  We must pray for the Holy Spirit to help us to be holy (Galatians 5:16-17) and to avoid sinning (1 Corinthians 15:34; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1).  We must despise all sin and love holiness (Hebrews 12:14; 1 Peter 1:15-16).  Jesus said that the pure in heart would see God (Matthew 5:8).

Is your heart pure before God (1 John 1:7)?

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Written by The Seeking Disciple

07/14/2013 at 6:38 PM

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