If I grapple with sin in my own strength, the devil knows he may go to sleep.
Sin is never at a stay; if we do not retreat from it, we shall advance in it; and the further on we go, the more we have to come back.
Use sin as it will use you; spare it not, for it will not spare you; it is your murderer, and the murderer of the world: use it, therefore, as a murderer should be used. Kill it before it kills you. You love not death; love not the cause of death.
All the sin that has darkened human life and saddened human history began in believing a falsehood: all the power of Christianity to make men holy is associated with believing truth.
As sins proceed they ever multiply; and like figures in arithmetic, the last stands for more than all that went before it.
Whatever disunites man from God disunites man from man.
Respectable sin is, in principle, the mother of all basest crime.—Follow it to the bitter end, and there is ignominy as well as guilt eternal.
The deadliest sin were the consciousness of no sin.
Sin is any want of conformity 'unto, or transgression of the law of God.
There are three things which the true Christian desires in respect to sin: Justification, that it may not condemn; sanctification, that it may not reign; and glorification, that it may not be.
The sin that now rises to your memory as your bosom sin, let this be first of all withstood and mastered.—Oppose it instantly by a detestation of it, by a firm will to conquer it, by reflection, by reason, by prayer.
The worst effect of sin is within, and is manifest not in poverty, and pain, and bodily defacement, but in the discrowned faculties, the unworthy love, the low ideal, the brutalized and enslaved spirit.
There is more bitterness in sin's ending than there ever was sweetness in its acting.—If you see nothing but good in its commission, you will suffer only woe in its conclusion.
It is not true that there are no enjoyments in the ways of sin; there are, many and various.—But the great and radical defect of them all is, that they are transitory and unsubstantial, at war with reason and conscience, and always leave a sting behind. We are hungry, and they offer us bread; but it is poisoned bread. We are thirsty, and they offer us drink; but it is from deadly fountains. They may and often do satisfy us for the moment; but it is death in the end. It is only the bread of heaven and the water of life that can so satisfy that we shall hunger no more and thirst no more forever.
I could not live in peace if I put the shadow of a wilful sin between myself and God.
Sin is to be overcome, not so much by direct opposition to it as by cultivating opposite principles. Would you kill the weeds in your garden, plant it with good seed; if the ground be well occupied there will be less need of the hoe.
He that falls into sin is a man, that grieves at it is a saint, that boasteth of it is a devil; yet some glory in that shame, counting the stains of sin the best complexion of their souls.
Sins are like circles in the water when a stone is thrown into it; one produces another.—When anger was in Cain's heart, murder was not far off.
What is human sin but the abuse of human appetites, of human passions, of human faculties, in themselves all innocent?
There is no sin we can be tempted to commit, but we shall find a greater satisfaction in resisting than in committing.
He who sins against men may fear discovery, but he who sins against God, is sure of it.
Bad men hate sin through fear of punishment; good men hate sin through their love of virtue.
Sin is first pleasing, then it grows easy, then delightful, then frequent, then habitual, then confirmed; then the man is impenitent, then he is obstinate, then he is resolved never to repent, and then he is ruined.
Man-like it is, to fall into sin; fiendlike it is, to dwell therein; Christ-like it is, for sin to grieve; God-like it is, all sin to leave.
Sin is, essentially, a departure from God.
The recognition of sin is the beginning of salvation.
Every sin is a mistake, as well as a wrong; and the epitaph for the sinner is, "Thou fool!"
There are some sins which are more justly to be denominated surprises than infidelities. To such the world should be lenient, as, doubtless, Heaven is forgiving.
It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.
How immense appear to us the sins that we have not committed.
He that hath slight thought of sin never had great thoughts of. God.
If you would be free from sin, fly temptation: he that does not endeavor to avoid the one cannot expect Providence to protect him from the other. If the first sparks of ill were quenched, there would be no flame, for how can he kill, that dares not be angry; or be an adulterer in act, who does not transgress in thought; or be perjured, that fears an oath; or defraud, that does not allow himself to covet?
If thou wouldst conquer thy weakness thou must never gratify it.—No man is compelled to evil; only his consent makes it his.—It is no sin to be tempted; it is to yield and be overcome.
If I were sure God would pardon me, and men would not know my sin, yet I should be ashamed to sin, because of its essential baseness.
It is as supreme a folly to talk of a little sin as it would be to talk of a small decalogue that forbids it, or a diminutive God that hates it, or a shallow hell that will punish it.
When we think of death, a thousand sins, which we have trodden as worms beneath our feet, rise up against us as flaming serpents.
Guilt, though it may attain temporal splendor, can never confer real happiness. The evident consequences of our crimes long survive their commission, and, like the ghosts of the murdered, forever haunt the steps of the malefactor.
Few love to hear the sins they love to act.
The wages that sin bargains for with the sinner, are life, pleasure, and profit; but the wages it pays him, are death, torment, and destruction. To understand the falsehood and deceit of sin, we must compare its promises and payments together.
There is a vast difference between sins of infirmity and those of presumption, as vast as between inadvertency and deliberation.
Every gross act of sin is much the same thing to the conscience that a great blow is to the head; it stuns and bereaves it of all use of its senses for a time.
I fear nothing but doing wrong.
Our sins, like our shadows when day is in its glory, scarce appear; toward evening, how great and monstrous they are!
No man becomes fully evil at once; but suggestion bringeth on indulgence; indulgence, delight; delight, consent; consent, endeavor; endeavor, practice; practice, custom; custom, excuse; excuse, defence; defence, obstinacy; obstinacy, boasting; boasting, a seared conscience and a reprobate mind.
No sin is small.—It is against an infinite God, and may have consequences immeasurable.—No grain of sand is small in the mechanism of a watch.
There is no fool equal to the sinner, who every moment ventures his soul.
Sins of the mind have less infamy than those of the body, but not less malignity.