bring wrath and ruin. Left to work out its own fairand proper results, sin never did any good, but only evil.2. Sin comes before us in so many ways, andtempts us by means so unexpected, that we must beconstantly on the watch, lest we be led astray. Some.form of sin is pleasing to every carnal heart. Attimes it comes before us in ways we never looked for.It was Job's wife that called on him to " curse Godand die." It was Peter who said, " That be far fromthee. Lord," and received the rebuke, " Get thee be-hind me, Satan : for thou savourest not the things thatbe of God, but those that be of men," Matt. xvi. 23.AVOID EVERY SI. 2173. Sometimes one might innocently do a thing if he alone were concerned ; but because others who haveweak consciences are present, or will know his practice,he cannot go on without sin. Even a good man mayabuse his liberty, and walk uncharitably. In all thishe may break no law but the law of love and pity to aweak brother, who is wrong in his views, but who is yethonest in his conscience. Paul was right when hesaid, " If eating meat cause my brother to offend, Iwill eat no meat while the world stands."4. " Can a man take fire in his bosom, and hisclothes not be burned ? Can one go upon hot coals,and his feet not be burned? " Prov. vi. 27, 28. Soneither can a man in any way meddle with sin andnot be hurt thereby. Men have gone into a burningfiery furnace, and have come out without having theirhair singed, or the smell of fire to pass upon them.But no man ever lay down with a sin in his bosom,and arose without a stain on his soul. One cannottouch pitch without some defilement.