[b]Sin in a saint[/b]
[i]by Thomas Brooks[/i]
It is one thing for a man to sin, it is another thing for a man to allow himself in sin. It is one thing for a godly man to step into a sin, and it is another thing to keep the road of sin. A real saint can neither allow of sin, nor wallow in sin, nor be transformed into the image of sin, nor mix itself with sin. It is possible for a sincere Christian to step into a sinful path, or to touch upon sinful facts, and now and then in an hour of temptation, to slide, to trip, and to be overtaken unawares. But his main way, his principal work, is to depart from iniquity; as a true traveler may now and then step a few steps out of his waywho yet for the main keeps his way, keeps the road. Or as a bee may now and then light upon a thistlebut her main work is to be gathering at the flowers. Or as a sheep may now and then slip into the dirt, or into a sloughbut its main work is to be grazing upon the mountains.
Certainly, O soul, if sin is now your greatest burden, it shall never hereafter prove your eternal bane. God never yet sent any man to hell for sin, to whom sin has commonly been the greatest hell in this world. God has but one hell, and that is for those to whom sin has been commonly a heaven in this world. That man who hates sin, and who daily enters his protest against sinthat man shall never be made miserable by sin.
Sin in a wicked man is like poison in a serpent; it is in its natural place, it is delightful to a sinner. But sin in a saint is like poison in a man's body, it is offensive, and the heart rises against it, and uses all divine antidotes whereby it may be expelled and destroyed. Nothing will satisfy a gracious soulbut the heart blood of his lusts. Now, he shall never be damned for his sins, whose heart is set upon killing his sins.
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