We like to think we are ok if we just avoid the big sins. Actually, there are no little sins. Sin is always against God. Because of the His greatness and the greatness of His Word, our sins are all great big ones. More than once Jesus said Go and sin no more. Note that Saul*s rebellion and stubbornness were against the Word of God.
1Samuel 15:23: For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
The heinousness of any sin is not to be judged of by the magnitude of the object about which it is committed, or the grossness of the outward action; but from the deliberate and determined disobedience of the will whence it arises. When the Lord expressly says, *Thou shalt;* and his rational creature dares to persist in saying, *I will not;* whether the contest be about an apple or a kingdom, it is stubbornness and rebellion, a contempt of the commandment, and a daring insult to the majesty and authority of God, and has in it all the essential malignity which constitutes idolatry or witchcraft, or crimes punishable by death according to the divine law. Therefore Saul for this rebellion was condemned to lose his kingdom.
It is easy for us to see that the rebellion and stubbornness of others is sin but have difficulty seeing that our own stubbornness is just as evil. That includes my own rebellion and stubbornness. I like to think of my rebellion and stubbornness as small and insignificant but they are neither. How do you feel about yours?
When the Lord doesn*t have our moments, He doesn*t have our lives.
Spurgeon on Romans 7:13: Sin . . . exceeding sinful.
Beware of light thoughts of sin. At the time of conversion, the conscience is so tender, that we are afraid of the slightest sin. Young converts have a holy timidity, a godly fear lest they should offend against God. But alas! very soon the fine bloom upon these first ripe fruits is removed by the rough handling of the surrounding world: the sensitive plant of young piety turns into a willow in after life, too pliant, too easily yielding. It is sadly true, that even a Christian may grow by degrees so callous, that the sin which once startled him does not alarm him in the least. By degrees men get familiar with sin. The ear in which the cannon has been booming will not notice slight sounds. At first a little sin startles us; but soon we say, *Is it not a little one?* Then there comes another, larger, and then another, until by degrees we begin to regard sin as but a little ill; and then follows an unholy presumption: *We have not fallen into open sin. True, we tripped a little, but we stood upright in the main. We may have uttered one unholy word, but as for the most of our conversation, it has been consistent.* So we palliate sin; we throw a cloak over it; we call it by dainty names. Christian, beware how thou thinkest lightly of sin. Take heed lest thou fall by little and little. Sin, a little thing? Is it not a poison? Who knows its deadliness? Sin, a little thing? Do not the little foxes spoil the grapes? Doth not the tiny coral insect build a rock which wrecks a navy? Do not little strokes fell lofty oaks? Will not continual droppings wear away stones? Sin, a little thing? It girded the Redeemer*s head with thorns, and pierced His heart! It made Him suffer anguish, bitterness, and woe. Could you weigh the least sin in the scales of eternity, you would fly from it as from a serpent, and abhor the least appearance of evil. Look upon all sin as that which crucified the Saviour, and you will see it to be *exceeding sinful.*