Paul Tripp

President of Paul Tripp Ministries

Psalm 51: Sin; It's Everywhere, It's Everywhere

Sin is not hurtful because it is forbidden, but forbidden because it is hurtful.
Benjamin Franklin

Marriage is three parts love and seven parts forgiveness of sin.
Lao Tzu

Other men's sins are before our eyes; our own are behind our backs.
Seneca


Pleasure is the bait of sin.
Plato

A sin takes on new and real terror when there seems to be a chance that it is going to be found out.
Mark Twain

Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook beneath it.
Thomas Jefferson

Sin is sweet in the beginning, but bitter in the end.
The Talmud

Laziness grows on people; it begins in cobwebs and ends in iron chains.
Thomas Fowell Buxton

To sin is a human business, to justify sins is a devilish business.
Tolstoy

If you have sinned, do not lie down without repentance; for the want of repentance after one has sinned makes the heart harder and harder.
John Bunyan

The beginning of atonement is the sense of its necessity.
Lord Byron

It is impossible for a man to be freed from the habit of sin before he hates it, just as it is impossible to receive forgiveness before confessing his trespasses.
Ignatius

We have a strange illusion that mere time cancels sin. But mere time does nothing either to the fact or the guilt of sin.
C.S. Lewis

Self is the root, the tree, and the branches of all the evils of our fallen state.
William Law

In short, a man must be free from the sin he is, which makes him do the sin he does.
George MacDonald

The temptation of the age is to look good without being good.
Brennan Manning

Repentance is but a denying of our will, and an opposition of our fantasies.
Montaigne

Personal sin reflected upon breeds compassion.
John M. Shanahan

People don’t do what they believe in – they just do what’s most convenient and then they repent.
Bob Dylan

I would rather feel remorse than know how to define it.
Thomas A’Kempis

Why does no one confess his sins? Because he is yet in them. It is for a man who has awoke from sleep to tell his dreams.
Seneca

All sins tend to be addictive, and the terminal point of addiction is damnation.
W.H. Auden

Adam ate the apple, and our teeth still ache.
Hungarian Proverb

Sin is never at a stay; if we do not retreat from it, we shall advance in it, and the farther we go, the more we have to come back.
Issac Barrow

Out of timber so crooked as that from which man is made nothing entirely straight can be built.
Immanuel Kant

We are all too Christian to really enjoy sinning, and all too fond of sin to really enjoy Christianity. Peter Marshall

Original sin is that thing about man which makes him capable of conceiving of his own perfection and incapable of achieving it.
Reinhold Niebuhr

Few love to hear the sins they love to act.
William Shakespeare 

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About Paul Tripp

Paul Tripp is the president of Paul Tripp Ministries, a nonprofit organization whose mission statement is "Connecting the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life." Tripp is also professor of pastoral life and care at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, Texas, and executive director of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care in Fort Worth, Texas. Tripp has written many books on Christian living that are read and distributed internationally. He has been married for many years to Luella, and they have four grown children. For more information, visit http://www.paultrippministries.org/store

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