A child can crush a serpent's egg!
(Charles Spurgeon, "Flowers from a Puritan's Garden" 1883)
"It is easier to crush the egg — than to kill the serpent!"
It is prudent to break up all the eggs we can find, before the reptiles are hatched!
Just so, far greater wisdom will be shown in early dealing with a temptation, than in allowing it time to make headway. It is best to correct ourselves early and unhesitatingly to stamp out the first sparks of evil desire, before passion rises to a flame!
A child can crush a serpent's egg — but who will contend with the venomous creature which may be hatched from it, if it is left unbroken?
So is it with that vice which stings like a viper! The first glass can readily be refused; it is quite another matter to stop when the wine has entered the brain. The first lust we may readily avoid; but when unchaste desires are fully aroused, who shall bridle them?
O Lord, teach me to crush sin early, lest it should gather strength and crush me!