Saturday, August 15, 2009

Watch and Pray

I wanted to share another quote with you from J.C. Ryle's book, Holiness, in the chapter on sin. In this section, he is dealing with the deceitfulness of sin. I have bolded a couple of sentences for emphasis.

I fear we do not sufficiently realize the extreme subtlety of our soul's disease. We are too apt to forget that temptation to sin will rarely present itself to us in its true colours, saying, 'I am your deadly enemy and I want to ruin you for ever in hell.' Oh, no! Sin comes to us, like Judas, with a kiss, and like Joab, with an outstretched hand and flattering words. The forbidden fruit seemed good and desirable to Eve, yet it cast her out of Eden. The walking idly on his palace roof seemed harmless enough to David, yet it ended in adultery and murder. Sin rarely seems sin at its first beginnings. Let us then watch and pray, lest we fall into temptation. We may give wickedness smooth names, but we cannot alter its nature and character in the sight of God. Let us remember St Paul's words: 'Exhort one another daily, lest any be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin' (Hebrews 3:13).


besnini said...

Oh how true that is!!! I think too that because sin comes "like Judas, with a kiss" we don't see it as hideous (sp?) as it truely is. There is a reason the Lord put Jer. 17:9 in the Bible.

Erik said...

Fantastic piece by Ryle.

His insight into the nature of sin is so relevant 100 years after writing it.

Nothing like John Charles Ryle to point us to Christ while strengthening us in our sanctification.

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