sin lived in
(Thomas Watson, "The
with a Scripture Pencil")
A godly man considers the mischief which
one sin lived in, will do.
1. One sin lived in, gives Satan as much advantage
against you as more sins. The fowler can hold a bird
by one wing. Satan held Judas fast by one sin.
2. One sin lived in, proves that the heart is not sound.
He who hides one rebel in his house is a traitor to the
crown. The person who indulges one sin is a traitorous
3. One sin lived in, will make way for more—as a little
thief can open the door to more. Sins are linked and
chained together. One sin will draw on more. David's
adultery made way for murder. One sin never goes alone!
If there is only one nest egg—the devil can brood on it!
4. One sin lived in, is as much a breach of God's law as
more sins. "Whoever keeps the entire law, yet fails in one
point, is guilty of breaking it all." (James 2:10) The king
may make a law against felony, treason and murder. If a
man is guilty of only one of these—he is a transgressor.
5. One sin lived in, prevents Christ from entering. One
stone in the pipe keeps out the water. One sin indulged
in, obstructs the soul and keeps the streams of Christ's
blood from running into it!
6. One sin lived in, will spoil all your good duties. One
dead fly will spoil the whole box of precious ointment.
A drop of poison will spoil a glass of wine. Abimelech,
bastard-son, destroyed seventy of his brethren. (Judges
9:5) One bastard-sin will destroy seventy prayers.
7. One sin lived in, will be a cankerworm to eat out the
peace of conscience. "Alas! What a scorpion lies within!"
(Seneca). One sin is a pirate—to rob a Christian of his
comfort. One jarring string puts all the music out of tune.
One sin lived in—will spoil the music of conscience.
8. One sin lived in, will damn as well as more sins. One
disease is enough to kill. If a fence is made ever so
and only one gap is left open; the wild beast may enter and
tread down the corn. If only one sin is allowed in the soul,
you leave open a gap for the devil to enter! A soldier may
have only one gap in his armor—and the bullet may enter
there. He may as well be shot there—as if he had no armor
on at all. So if you favor only one sin, you leave a part of
your soul unprotected—and the bullet of God's wrath may
enter there—and shoot you! One sin lived in, may shut you
out of heaven! What difference is there, between being shut
out of heaven for one sin—or for many sins? One millstone
will sink a man into the sea—as well as a hundred!
Therefore, beware of cherishing one sin! Give a
of divorce to every sin. Kill the Goliath sin! "Let not sin reign
over you." (Romans 6:12) In the original it is "Let not sin
it over you." Grace and sin may be together—but grace and the
love of sin cannot. Therefore parley with sin no longer—but with
the spear of mortification, spill the heart-blood of every sin!
"For if you live after the flesh, you shall die: but if you through
the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, you shall live."
"So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you."