To Maintain Integrity!
reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through
Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that
ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Rom. 6:11, 12.
regard sin as altogether so light a matter that they have no defense against
its indulgence or its consequence. . . .
If you suppose for a moment that God will treat sin lightly, or make provisions
or exemptions so that you can go on in committing sin, and the soul suffer
no penalty from so doing, you are under a terrible delusion of Satan. Any
willful violation of the righteous law of Jehovah exposes your soul to the
full assaults of Satan.
When you lose your conscious integrity, your soul becomes a battlefield for
Satan; you have doubts and fears enough to paralyze your energies and drive
you to discouragement. . . .
Remember that temptation is not sin. Remember that however trying the circumstances
in which a man may be placed, nothing can really weaken his soul so long as
he does not yield to temptation but maintains his own integrity. The interests
most vital to you individually are in your own keeping. No one can damage
them without your consent. All the satanic legions cannot injure you unless
you open your soul to the arts and arrows of Satan. Your ruin can never take
place until your will consents. If there is not pollution of mind in yourself,
all the surrounding pollution cannot taint or defile you.
Eternal life is worth everything to us or it is worth nothing. Those only
who put forth persevering effort and untiring zeal with intense desire proportionate
to the value of the object they are in pursuit of, will gain that life which
measures with the life of God....
We have the example of Adam and Eve before us, and the result of their transgression
should lead every soul of us to avoid sin, to abhor sin as the hateful thing
it is, and to feel, in view of the sufferings which sin is sure to inflict,
that it is better to suffer loss of all things than to depart from the least
of God’s commandments.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, pp. 96, 97.