The Relationship Between Our Sin and Our Habits

Habits like trees are strengthened by age. A boy may bend an oak when it is a sapling, a hundred men cannot root it up when it is a full-grown tree. So it is with habits: the older they are the stronger they grow

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Habit is the nurse of sin. Every fresh act of sin lessens fear and remorse, hardens our hearts, blunts the edge of our conscience, and increases our evil inclination.

– J.C. Ryle (Fathers & Sons: Stand Fast In the Way of Truth, p. 40).

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One comment

  1. It is painfully true that we are in need of a Savior even throughout the years after conversion. The more we sin the more ourhearts are hardened for sure, and also the more we shy away from God’s Word in those times too. I had a conversation with my buddy at work the other day about this. He agreed and knew what I was talking about, then the topic of sanctification got brought up and will we ever be so rooted in faith that we donot fail to strive for God. I guess staying close to Gods word is the answer to that.. I look forward to reading your other post!

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