Grieved by a Small Sin

“A man who fears not God, will break all his laws with an easy conscience, but one who is the favourite of heaven, who has been indulged to sit at royal banquets, who knows the eternal love of God to him, cannot bear that there should be any evil way in him that might grieve the Spirit and bring dishonour to the name of Christ. A very little sin, as the world calls it, is a very great sin to a truly awakened Christian.

—Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)

About Jon J. Cardwell

"The Spirited Speaker" - Pastor of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Anniston, Alabama. Nationally recognized speaker and publisher. Author of several books, including the bestseller, Christ and Him Crucified.


  1. Bless you, dear sister, for sharing those thoughts. When a truth such as that one shared by my friend, Jim Gunn, or by Mr. Spurgeon here, awakens our souls to that totally depraved condition that fallenness presents, that is the blessed illumination of the Spirit to comfort and help so that we may continue to cling to the Cross and cleave to Christ and trust upon His grace upon grace.

    These graces revealed in God’s Word may provoke us to walk according to the Spirit as it concerns becoming, by the same Spirit, a Spurgeon, a Bunyan, a Paul:

    1. Though they all pressed toward the mark of their high calling of God in Christ (Philippians 3), it was not the end at glory where they found their strength; their eyes were upon the end, that is, the return of the Lord, because that kept their eyes upward so as not to stumble, trip, and fall; neither would they stray off the path when the goal was set before them. This is true of a natural walk. We stumble or trip looking at our feet rather than having head up and eyes forward. The strength of their walk, however, was: (a) you and I and they are no different in original sin; (b) yes, though we have sinned against God more or less than others in the actual execution of sinful words, deeds, thoughts, yet, that was only by God’s sovereign grace that we have sinned “less” than another, and in original sin the truth is the same for all, “there is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3; Psalm 14; Psalm 53).

    2. As all righteousness stands in the righteousness of Christ alone, then the glory of God in Christ is always exultant in God’s grace; for there is nothing done in our mortal flesh that is done in true spiritual worship apart from His grace (John 15:5).

    3. Therefore, the smallest of things accomplished through faith in Christ’s Person and work, are as full of God’s grace as any other deed done by that same grace; for the Master tells us, “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much” (Luke 16). We take particular note that He said, “is faithful,” not “will be.” This is what we might call in English grammer, present perfect tense, or in the Greek, “indicative.” It means that this state of being indicates a statement of perpetual fact. Why? Because the faithfulness is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5) that comes only by God’s grace alone, for His glory alone. Your faithfulness, my faithfulness, Mssrs. Spurgeon’s, Bunyan’s and Paul’s faithfulness, are the same in Christ’s kingdom, therefore, no flesh may glory in His presence (1 Corinthians 1).

    4. Zechariah asks prophetically and rhetoricaly, “Who has despised the day of small things?” Not one of those who rejoice in the LORD and His Christ, because as God surveys His creation until that Great Day, it has all been accomplished through the means of He has ordained for men (His prophetic Word testifying of the Living Word, through the illumination of the Word of the Spirit), and that, by His grace alone. Therefore, to God, in that which He has accomplished through men by faith in Christ Jesus, there is no small thing. That which is most humble is exalted as high as the throne of heaven because it is accomplished by grace. There is nothing so large that it can ever exceed the height of the throne of grace, and though it cannot be exalted more than to bring God joy in the exaltation of Christ, it will not be cast down, for it is held tightly to His breast at the throne of grace, by that same grace that works all in all.

    5. Therefore, as His grace is conforming us to Christlikeness, we used the grace of these disciplines, by God’s grace: the Word, prayer, fellowship, communion, etc., to bring us every opportunity to set our hearts and minds upon the grace of God in Christ Jesus. We devote ourselves upon waking, praising & thanking Him for His grace; we read His blessed Word to be nourished in that grace, and plead for that grace to abound throughout the day that we may meditate upon His abundant grace and ask Him that we might recognize more clearly His grace when it is manifested in our situations and circumstances; whenever we greet the saints in the hurriedness that comes in these times, may we speak with gracious lips an outpouring of grace upon grace, that by His grace, our words may not necessarily be a scriptural quote, but be the words of God’s grace in Christ unto every hearer; and that as we close the day, receivng rest for our bodies for the day following, let us receive grace for our souls even as we sleep (Psalm 127), by reflecting upon the grace of God in His precious Word and in the precious Person and Work of the Lord Jesus Christ before our eyelids close. And these are all done by God’s grace, to the praise of His glorious grace in all things.

  2. You have it right, sister. You’ve got the main point because that is, taking a phrase from the title of one of Mr. Spurgeon’s books, All of Grace!

    This is one of the main points back of the Lord’s words when He says things such as: “the last shall be first, and the first shall be last.” As there are no grandchildren in saving grace, there are no second class citizens in glorifying heavenly grace.

    Grace lavishes the eternal riches of God’s holy Son upon the sinner that receives His grace by faith the precious excellence of the Person of Christ. Heavenly riches are eternal and infinite. Therefore, no one sinner saved by grace can have more of grace than another. Grace is the overflow of the goodness of an infinite God.

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