Sin Sermon Illustrations

Sin Sermon Illustrations

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How Sin Works

A vivid illustration of sin and how it works, is an old story of the Middle Ages. During that time there lived a smith who boasted that he could break any chains, except those forged by himself. He committed some act which displeased the noble whom he served, and he was punished by being condemned to the dungeon. On the way to the dungeon, he boasted that he would soon be out again as he was sure he could break any chain put upon him. When he was chained, he immediately started to look for the flaw in the links which would set him free, but he found his own mark on the links, and knew he was hopelessly bound by his own handiwork, and could not escape because of his own chain.

So many sins start so small and so innocently, and we are certain we can break these self-forged chains at will, but they grow strong until we cannot break them, and it is we ourselves who have made our chains for all evil comes from within, existing in the mind first.—Gospel Herald.

The Only Fitness Needed

An aged saint told the writer that as a young girl, aroused and anxious about her spiritual condition, she picked up from the pavement a page from a hymn book and read this verse:

Let not conscience make you linger
Nor of fitness fondly dream;
All the fitness He requireth
Is to feel your need of Him.

She saw, believed, and was saved on the spot.—The King's Business.

"Did You Ever Steal a Watermelon?"

A juvenile judge some years ago had a very unusual experience during the course of one of his trials. An elderly man who owned a watermelon patch had caught a boy stealing his melons, and had him arrested. When the time came for the trial the man made his complaint to the court, after which the judge turned to the boy and said, "Son, what do you have to say for yourself?" The boy looked up at the judge with questioning eyes, and answered, "Judge, did you ever steal a watermelon when you were a kid?" The judge was somewhat startled at the turn of events, dropped his head into his hand for a few moments of thought, and finally responded with, "No cross examination of the court allowed. The case is dismissed." The judge was "on the spot," as we commonly say!—Norman M. Sorenson, B.A., in Gospel Herald.

When Sin Is Not Noticed

How often we commit one sin in order to hide another, or to drive another from our thoughts! One is reminded of the owner of an old car who said to his companion, "You don't notice that knock in the engine so much now, do you?" "No," was the reply; "how did you manage it?" "Oh, I just loosened one of the mud guards."—Christian Herald.

How Sin Ruins

A relief lifeboat was built at London many years ago. While the workmen were busy over it, one man lost his hammer. Whether he knew it or not, it was nailed up in the bottom of the boat. Perhaps if he found it out, he thought that the only harm done was the loss of one hammer. But the boat was put to service, and every time it rocked on the waves the hammer was tossed to and fro. Little by little it wore for itself a planking and keel down to the very track, until it had worn through the copper plating, before it was found out. Only that plate of copper kept the vessel from sinking.

It seemed a very little thing in the start, but see what mischief it wrought. So it is with a "little" sin in the heart. It may break through all the restraints that surround us, and but for God's great mercy, sink our souls in endless ruin.—Sunday School Times

"He Found No Place for Repentance"

A remarkable instance of the penalty of success is reported by persons living near Jamestown, N. Y. For many years a colony of American eagles had made its home near the shores of Chautauqua Lake. They had not been molested and had grown bolder in their depredations.

Not long since one of them was noticed hovering over the lake, and its graceful flight was watched by several persons. Suddenly it darted with lightning rapidity toward the water, catching in its talons a muskellunge two feet or more in length, and weighing probably ten pounds. There was a clash and splashing of fins and feathers, but slowly the bird rose in the air with its captive dangling and wriggling below. When at a height of about 1,000 feet the bird, still clinging to the fish, began to sink slowly toward the lake again gaining speed as it descended, and finally fell with a splash in the water. Later, the bird and fish were found together dead.

The eagle had evidently found the fish too heavy to carry, but had been unable to drop it, owing to its claws being so firmly imbedded in the flesh that it could not release its hold, and as its strength gave way it sank into the water whence it had sought its prey, and was drowned. The very tenacity with which the eagle grasped its prize prevented it losing it when it wished to do so.

It is often so with men who discover when too late that some eagerly coveted prize is proving fatal to them.—Watchword and Truth.

Proper Approach to God

One of Murray McCheyne's elders was in deep darkness and distress for a few weeks, but one Sunday after the pastor's faithful preaching he found his way to the Lord. At the close of the service, he told Mr. McCheyne, who knew of his spiritual concern, that he had found the Lord. When he was asked to explain how this happy change had come abou*„ he said, "I have been making a great mistake. I have always been coming to the Lord as something better than I was, and going to the wrong door to ask admittance; but this afternoon I went round to the sinner's door, and for the first time cried, like the publican, 'Lord, be merciful to me a sinner'; and, oh, sir. I received such a welcome from the Saviour!" Are any of you like the self-righteous Pharisee?—Otterbein Teacher.

Who Else Was There?

If Christ had declined to associate with sinners, He would have had a lonely time on earth.—D. L. Moody.

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