Sin is the great block and bar to our happiness, the procurer of all miseries to man, both here and hereafter; take away sin, and nothing can hurt us; for death—temporal, spiritual, and eternal, is the wages of it.
Sin, and man for sin, is the object of the wrath of God. How dreadful therefore must his case be who continues in sin; for who can dispute with the wrath of God? No sin against God can be little, because it is against the great God of heaven and earth.
Sin turns all of God’s grace into wantonness; it is the dare of His justice, the rape of His mercy; the jeer of His patience; the slight of His power; and the contempt of His love. Take heed of giving yourself liberty by committing one sin, for that will surely lead to another; till, by an ill custom, it become natural.
To begin sin is to lay a foundation for a continuance; this continuance is the mother of custom, and impudence at last the issue.
The death of Christ gives us the best discovery of ourselves; in what condition we were, so that nothing could help us but [the grace of God]. For if sin is such a dreadful thing as to wring the heart of the Son of God, how shall a poor wretched sinner be able to bear it?