Thoughts on Pilgrim’s Progress, Part the Second – #10

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Pilgrim’s Progress was written by John Bunyan in the 1600s while he was in prison for his faith. 

The travelers have now stopped at an Inn. They sat up talking until the break of day about many things in the life of a Christian.  Honest had joined them and was talking about two men who had been traveling on Pilgrimage, beginning when one was young and one was old.

He made an observation that I find I must apply to myself.

“Besides, I have observed, that old men have blessed themselves with this mistake; namely, taking the decays of nature for a gracious conquest over corruptions, and so have been apt to beguile themselves.”

Basically he’s saying that just because you are old and can’t physically participate in many of the sins of youth, does not mean you are any less of a sinner. It may seem that older people are just sweet old things, but it is the condition of the heart that matters; it’s the inward sin of the heart.

We might easily see the outward sins, such as drunkenness or promiscuousness, but not see the inward sins of hate or pride.

So, just because a person CAN’T participate in a particular sin doesn’t mean they don’t WANT to.

…for the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.                           – I Samuel 16:7

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