Evils Seldom Travel Alone
James 2:10: For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
Sin seldom travels alone. If a person is guilty of some obvious sin you can be sure that is only the tip of the iceberg. Sin is always part of a network of sin. Sin breeds sin. Sin multiplies. The second sin will be an unrepentant attitude about the first one. It will seem necessary to hide the first one. The first sin will be the hardest to resist. The second sin is always easier than the first. The third sin is always easier than the second. And so on. Sins are like a pack of wolves looking for our greatest weakness. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Sin will blind-side us. Sin will find the chink in the armor. Sinning is the easiest habit to form and the hardest to break. Sin is like fly-paper. Sin is a snare. Satan provides a lot of desirable looking bait. Especially for that first sin.
2 Timothy 2:26: And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
The natural human attitude toward sin is that one*s personal sins are unimportant and they are not as evil as those of others. People believe that their particular little sins do little if any harm. One example of that attitude is when people use the phrase little white lie to define their sinful thing. Little sins lead to bigger sins. They give Satan a foot in the door. Grandiose sins are easy to see but we must be very alert to see the small ones.
Romans 6:23a: For the wages of sin is death; . . .
There are no exceptions. The wages of ALL sin is death. When Adam and Eve took a bite of forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden it doesn*t appear to the human mind to be a gross sin. The gross sin is disobeying the God who created us. There was a very great sin behind that first bite of fruit. That sin was rejecting God*s Lordship over them. When one rejects the Lordship of God in seemingly small sins it has the same weight as rejecting His Lordship in gross sins.
Matthew 5:19: Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
When you become aware of a sin in your life it is wise to quickly confess it and forsake it before it multiplies. God wants the kind of confession that stops the sinning.
Proverbs 28:13: He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
I have heard an example about a glass of milk. If someone took an eye-dropper and squeezed one drop of sewage into a glass of milk would you give it to your child? Our attitude should be the same with sin.
Care to discuss Evils Seldom Travel Alone with Ron?