“But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” —Hebrews 3:13
The heart is deceitful, and sin is deceitful; and when these two deceitful ones lay their heads together to make up a case, there is no wonder if man, like a silly dove, is taken in their net. One of the first ways in which sin deceives the professor is by saying, “You see no hurt has come of it. The thing is hid: nobody has mentioned it to the Church-officers; it is not, known among the members, in fact, nobody has heard it— you may as well enjoy yourself as not. You are not doing any mischief— if there is anything wrong it is confined to yourself. “Really,” says sin, “I cannot see that you are any the worse. You preached quite as well last Sunday; you prayed quite as well at the prayer-meeting and as far as the family-altar is concerned, there was not much difference there; evidently sin has not hurt you: do it again; do it again.” Forgetting that the immediate results of sin are not always apparent in this world, and that if hardness of heart be not apparent it is all the more real; for if a man could perceive the hardness or his own heart, it would be pretty good evidence that it was somewhat softened….
No matter how hard, how insensible, how dead we may have become, let us go again in all the rags, and poverty, and defilement of our natural condition, and throw ourselves flat on our faces before his mighty cross. “With all my sin, and all my hardness of heart,” let the believer say, “I do believe that Jesus died for me.” Let him clasp that cross, let him look into those languid eyes, let him bathe in that fountain filled with blood; this will bring back to him his first love; this will restore the ancient holiness of his faith, and the former tenderness of his soul!
Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)
Delivered Sunday Morning, March 19, 1865
at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington
Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol. 11, Sermon No. 620
“A Warning Against Hardness of Heart”