LITTLE SINS

“[Y]ou are very stubborn and do only what you want to do; you have not obeyed me” (Jer 16:12 NCV).

“For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it” (James 2:10 ESV).

“The character of any person’s life is not shaped by two or three grand, big moments of life. A person’s character is formed in ten thousand little, mundane moments of everyday life. [T]hose ‘little sins’ are not so little after all:

  • the nasty retort
  • the ‘me first’ pride
  • the flash of lust at the mall
  • the anger at someone who got in your way
  • those little bitter thoughts
  • your addiction to little pleasures
  • the impatience with a loved one

[Y]ou may fail to notice them, but they depict a deeply needy heart” Paul David Tripp (ref#190, June 16th).

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? ‘I the LORD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.’” (Jer 17:9-10 ESV).

“Revenge is often like biting a dog because the dog bit you” Austin O’Malley (ref#315, p430). “Envy is like a fly that passes all a body’s sounder parts and dwells upon the sores” George Chapman (ref#315, p196). “To criticize is like complaining that the rain is too damp” Justin Davidson (ref#315, p149).

“God’s grace will expose what you want to hide, not to shame you, but to forgive and deliver you. [B]ecause he knows that we cannot grieve what we do not see, we cannot confess what we have not grieved, and we cannot turn from what we haven’t confessed” Paul David Tripp (ref#190, Feb 14th).

“Since sin means that you are a bigger danger to you than anything else in your life and since it is impossible for you to run from you, there is only one hope for you. It is that someone with power, wisdom, and mercy will invade your life, forgive your sins, and progressively deliver you from the hold that sin has had on you. That mercy comes to you in a person, the Lord Jesus Christ, and his mercy is always fresh, uniquely fashioned for the sin struggles of this new day” Paul David Tripp (ref#190, Jan 16th).