The subtle beginnings of self-indulgence!
We do many things which to our own eyes appear innocent and harmless — but which have in them a hidden evil which we cannot see.
We indulge ourselves in many things which do not appear sinful to us — but which leave on our soul a touch of blight, and a soiling of purity — of which we do not dream!
We permit ourselves many little habits in which we see no danger — but which are silently entwining their invisible threads into a strong cable which may some day bind us hand and foot!
We spare ourselves self-denials and sacrifices, thinking there is no reason why we should make them, unaware that we are lowering our standard of holy living, and permitting the subtle beginnings of self-indulgence to creep into our hearts!
"Blessed is the man who does not . . .
walk in the counsel of the wicked,
or stand in the way of sinners,
or sit in the seat of mockers!"