Every sin lodges the seed of punishment

There is never an evil thing which—knowing it to be evil—we commit, which does not rise up to testify against us. As surely as (in the words of our great philosopher poet) ‘lust dwells hard by hate,’ and as surely as to-night’s debauch is followed by to-morrow’s headache, so surely—each after its kind, and each in its own region—every sin lodges in the human heart the seed of a quick-springing punishment, yea, is its own punishment. When we come to grasp the sweet thing that we have been tempted to seize, there is a serpent that starts up amongst all the flowers. When the evil act is done—opposite of the prophet’s roll—it is sweet in the lips, but oh! it is bitter afterwards. ‘At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder!’

Alexander Maclaren, “1 Kings 21:20 Ahab and Elijah,” Sermons on 1 & 2 Kings (Monergism Books)

  • Steve Martin

    God’s wrath is poured out against all manner of iniquity.

    We reap what we sow. That’s just the way it is in this world. God’s law will not be mocked.

    But, in Christ, through faith, our sin is not held against us. That’s the Good News!