The Deceitfulness of Sin — J.C. Ryle
“We are too apt to forget that temptation to sin will rarely present itself to us in its true colors, saying, “I am your deadly enemy — and I want to ruin you forever 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 Paul’s words: “Exhort one another daily . . . lest any be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin” (Hebrews 3:13).”
- J.C. Ryle (1816-1900)
taken from: Holiness