Text: Romans 6:6
That henceforth we should not serve sin.
Christian, what have you to do with sin? Has it not cost you enough already? Burnt child, will you again play with the fire? What! When you have already been between the jaws of the lion, will you step a second time into his den?
Have you not had enough of the old serpent? Did he not poison all your veins once, and will you play upon the hole of the asp, and put your hand upon the cockatrice’s den a second time?
Oh, be not so mad! So foolish! Did sin ever yield you real pleasure? Did you find solid satisfaction in your sin? If so, go back to your old drudgery, and wear the chain again, if it delights you.
But inasmuch as sin did never give you what it promised to deliver, but deluded you with lies, be not a second time snared by the old fowler-be free, and let the remembrance of your ancient bondage forbid you to enter the net again!
It is contrary to the designs of eternal love, which all have an eye to your purity and holiness; therefore run not counter to the purposes of your Lord. Another thought should restrain thee from sin.
Christians can never sin cheaply;
They pay a heavy price for iniquity.
Transgression destroys peace of mind…
Sin obscures fellowship with Jesus…
Your sin hinders prayer…
Sin brings darkness over the soul…
Therefore be not the slave and bondman of sin. There is yet a higher argument: each time you “serve sin” you have “Crucified the Lord afresh, and put Him to an open shame.” Can you bear that thought?
Oh! If you have fallen into any special sin during this day, it may be my Master has sent this admonition this evening, to bring you back before you have backslidden very far.
Turn thee to Jesus anew; He has not forgotten His love to you; His grace is still the same. With weeping and repentance, come now to His footstool, and you shall be once more received into His heart; you shall be set upon a rock again, and your goings shall be established.